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If Tolkien disliked allegory, why are there so many allegorical readings of The Lord of the Rings?

It was an allegory because, in spite of his dislike, Tolkien felt it was necessary and inevitable that it should be one. In several lesser-known quotes, the author freely admits that the tale is ...
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If Tolkien disliked allegory, why are there so many allegorical readings of The Lord of the Rings?

You're confusing allegory with applicability. Allegory implies authorial intent while applicability is up to the reader. Tolkien understood that applicability was out of his control. Readers can see ...
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Are any of the countries in Hard to Be a God based specifically on particular real-life countries?

Original Authorial Intent: "Three Musketeers"-ish pre-Age-of-Discovery kinda-Spain-cum-Russia-or-France (sans muskets). Based on Boris Strugatsky's "Commentaries to the past" (...
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Does the blackness in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have any religious significance?

The religious symbolism and iconography in Lewis's writing has been analysed by many; one useful examination is Salwa Khoddam's 2001 paper "'Where Sky and Water Meet''": Christian ...
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If Tolkien disliked allegory, why are there so many allegorical readings of The Lord of the Rings?

There are different types or "levels" of allegory. Some are stricter, and others are looser. A frequently cited example of the strict type of allegory is The Pilgrim's Progress by John ...
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How much does "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young" differ from the original Bible story?

How much does this poem differ from the Bible story? The poem appears to be mostly consistent with the original Biblical story (starting with Gen. 22:3, through part of Gen. 22:13). As to your three ...
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What is the difference between a 'metaphor' and an 'allegory'?

An allegory is an extended metaphor. A metaphor might have one point of commonality between the story and reality; the allegory might have many. Allegory and metaphor are figures of speeches often ...
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If Tolkien disliked allegory, why are there so many allegorical readings of The Lord of the Rings?

The Lord of the Rings is only an allegory in the eyes of (some) readers and critics; JRRT himself set out to write an adventure, a sequel to The Hobbit, in fact, a story for children. This is still ...
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Political allegory in Lukyanenko's Watch series?

Communities of the Light Ones and the Dark Ones can be interpreted as a political allegory. Here is a dialog from the first book "Night Watch", Story 2, Chapter 2: Anton: «A Dark Magician ...
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Political Allegory in Shepheardes Calendar

tl;dr Regardless of whether the goat is identified with Queen Elizabeth or George Buchanan, the claim that the fable of the fox and the kid in the May eclogue of the The Shepheardes Calendar is an ...
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What is the story of the woman who collected valueless things?

I have been unable to find any definite story of a parabolic woman who collected valueless things. However a closer reading of the G. K. Chesterton story, especially reading the context of the quotes ...
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Are the inconsistencies in Harry Potter symbolic or allegorical?

If you want you can interpret the books this way. But I honestly just think that she didn't care about such things. I believe that the way a Quidditch game ends simply serves as her goal to write a ...
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Why did Rachel Carson begin “Silent Spring” with an allegory?

There is a misapprehension in the question. An allegory is a fiction in which characters, places and events stand for real people and concepts. For example, in Spenser’s Faerie Queene, the characters ...
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What is the story of the woman who collected valueless things?

A possible source for this idea might be a story from the Bible, 2 Kings, Chapter 4. Quoting from the New International Version: The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha,...
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Meaning of capitalized nouns in a Lord Byron poem

The use of capitals for qualities generally indicates that they are being treated as high-level abstractions, to the point of being Platonic archetypes. That is, you can speak of a rose's beauty, or ...
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