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Parable, Myth, and Allegory

Parable, Myth, and Allegory

Author: Carissa Wyant

This lesson discusses parable as a form of instructional religious narrative, and explains how and why parable differs from allegory.

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Terms to Know
  • Allegory

    An analogy or illustration that draws comparisons between two apparently dissimilar situations at many points, most often with the effect of casting the original situation in a different light.

  • Parable

    A story that typically aims to make a single teaching point, rather than make an extended comparison.

  • Poetry

    Non-prose speech or writing that typically expresses ideas indirectly and metaphorically, and/or which uses specific forms of meter and rhythm.

  • Prose

    Language that is written or spoken without poetic rhythm or structure.