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Allegories


Allegories are plastically-transformed narrations, in which what is diverse is fixed or there is multiplication by allusion; but also where the abstract is made concrete. The multiplicative nature of allegories has to do with the associative process of the consciousness.
The Associative Laws of Allegories

Similitude guides the consciousness when it searches for what is similar to a given object; contiguity, when it searches for what is proper to a given object, or for what is, was or will be in contact with it; contrast., when the consciousness searches for what is in opposition to, or is in dialectical relationship with, a given object.
The Allegory’s Situational Element

The allegory is dynamic and tells of situations referred to the individual mind (dreams, stories, art, pathology, mysticism), to the collective psychism (stories, art, folklore, myths and religions), and to human beings of different epochs in front of nature and history.
Functions and Types of Allegories

The allegory tells of situations, compensating the difficulties of total grasp. When one captures situations allegorically, it becomes possible to operate over real situations in an indirect way.
The “Climate” of the Allegory and the System of Ideation

In the allegory, the emotion al factor is not dependent on the representation. The climate is part of the system of ideation and is what reveals its meaning for the consciousness. The allegory does not respect linear time or the way space is structured by the vigilic state.
The System of Tensions and the Allegory as Discharge

Laughter, crying, the act of love and aggressive confrontation are all means of discharging internal tensions. Specific allegories fulfill the function of provoking these types of discharges.
Composition of the Allegory

Continents (guard, protect or enclose what is inside them); contents (those that are included within an ambit); connectives (entities that facilitate or impede the connection between contents, between ambits, or between ambits and contents); attributes (are manifest when they stand out and tacit when they are masked). In the allegory the levels are emphasized (importance, hierarchies), textures (quality, and what the quality of an object means), and moments of process (ages). Allegories present themselves to the consciousness with a dynamic, and great capacity for transformism, inversion, expansion or reduction.

To carry out a complete interpretation of an allegorical system, it is a good idea to observe a work plan that begins by separating the symbolic and signical components. Subsequently, one must try to comprehend the function fulfilled by each one of the elements considered, and the origin of the allegorical raw material (if cultural objects are concerned, or a mixture of memories, of reveries or of oneiric images).





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