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Allegory is a literary device in which some form of art (literature, movie, tv show, painting, sculpture, bathroom stall etching) tells a story that is completely symbolic of something else. An example of this is L. Frank Baum's "Wizzard of Oz" books, in which the story of Dorothy's journeys is allegorical to the struggles of the populist movement in turn of the 20th century America.

Arthur Miller's famous text "The Crucible" about the Salem Witch Trials was an allegory for McCarthyism and the hunt for communists during 1950's America.