APOLOGUE n pl. -S an allegory
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An apologue (or apolog) is an allegorical short story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning or principle, typically a moral or political one. It's very similar to a fable, but the moral is more important than the narrative details. What sets an apologue apart from a standard allegory is that they usually have animals or inanimate objects as characters.
The earliest surviving apologue is believed to be Jotham's Parable from the Book of Judges, which may have originated as far back as 1051 BC. A better example would be anything by Aesop, like The Tortoise and the Hare or The Ant and the Grasshopper. Another example would be George Orwell's Animal Farm, which was a stance against Stalinism.
The word apologue comes from the Greek word apologos, meaning statement or account.
Similar Words: ALLEGORY, ALLEGORIES, PARABLE(S)
A drawing based off Aesop's fable.
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George Orwell's book from 1945, Animal Farm.
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Part of a newer cover for Orwell's book.
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