Apollonius Rhodius (born 295 BC), “Argonautica: The Voyage of the Argo”, a Greek epic was the topic of an earlier blog post.
Arthur Koestler, “The Act of Creation”, 1964 was the topic of an earlier blog post.
Arthur Koestler illustrates Humor, Science & Art as the “symbolism” of comic simile (Humor), hidden analogy (Science) & metaphor (Art).
Here I present: Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70 ~ 19 BC), “The Aeneid: The Voyage of Aeneas”, which was a Latin epic.
This blog post is a continuation of the discussion of “symbolism“.
I. “Symbolism versus Allegory”
- “A symbol is a word, place, character, or object that means something beyond what it is on a literal level.”
- “An allegory involves using many interconnected symbols or allegorical figures in such a way that nearly every element of the narrative has a meaning beyond the literal level; i.e., everything in the narrative is a symbol that relates to other symbols within the story.”
II. “Allegory versus Symbolism”
Symbolism is the method of representing things by symbols, or of imbuing things with a symbolic meaning or character. Symbolism is a literary device. Symbolism is the literary device that adds allegorical meaning to the text.
Allegory is a story or poem which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. Allegory is a narrative. Allegory is created by using symbolism.
- The table of contents is shown BELOW; and, one can discern the plotline of protagonist “Aeneas” in Vergil, “The Aeneid: The Voyage of Aeneas”.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
I. Landfall at Carthage.
II. Aeneas’ Story: The Fall of Troy.
III. Aeneas’ Story: Mediterranean Wanderings.
VI. Dido’s Suicide.
V. Trojan Games.
VI. A Visit to Hades.
VII. Italy – and War.
VIII. An Embassy to Evander.
IX. Nisus and Euryalus.
X. Bloodshed, and Pallas Down.
XI. Truce and Conflict.
XII. The Last Duel.
- The protagonist, “Aeneas” is a Trojan who flees the fall of Troy and travels to Italy, where he becomes the ancestor (founder) of the Romans is the storyline.
Here I presented: Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70 ~ 19 BC), “The Aeneid: The Voyage of Aeneas”, which was a Latin epic.
Arthur Koestler, “The Act of Creation”, 1964 was the topic of an earlier blog post. Arthur Koestler lists “Deus ex machina” (god on a machine) as classic plot device (defined BELOW).
“Deus ex machina is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and unlikely occurrence.”
“Trojan Horse” of Vergil (shown ABOVE) is a quintessential example of Deus ex machina (god on a machine) which ends the tragedy story.