By D. Madsen
Allegory in the US surveys the historical past of yankee allegorical writing from the Puritans in the course of the interval of yank romanticism to postmodernism. In a sequence of theoretical chapters the cultural functionality of allegory is mentioned with regards to the mythology of yankee exceptionalism. each one theoretical bankruptcy is through a bankruptcy that analyzes a selected textual content or staff of texts. Allegorical indeterminacy is obvious to provide a literary culture that either represents and subverts the beliefs of yank orthodoxy.
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They applied the techniques of allegorical interpretation to all of God's creation. But this created difficulties, because the interpretation of textual rhetoric differs from the interpretation of corporeal signs, most obviously in the fact that textual rhetoric is consciously figurative. So, in the work of Justin Martyr, particularly, we find an attempt to transform nature, history and rationality into rhetorical figures. Just as the two Testaments share the same divine spirit, Justin argues, so before the Advent a divine spirit or logos was disseminated among all humanity.
This narrative image, which has been represented in the narrative by figures like the various knights of the poem, the King's knights, the true knight of Holy Church, and Conscience, now takes on an additional spiritual, Christological, meaning. '24 So the person Dowel whom Will has been misguidedly seeking is revealed to be the conqueror of sin, Jesus. But in the context of this new law of grace, Jesus claims a new name: not Dowel but 'Dobet'. Yet it is as the conqueror of death, and the harrower of Hell, that Christ's nature is most fully revealed as 'Dobest'.
For in the absence of this necessary faith, the allegorical narrative is seen to bring together signs and significances that do not inherently and necessarily belong together. I would like to conclude this brief survey of the variety of allegorical narrative styles by looking at four of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short narratives in which he explores the interpretative liabilities to which Protestant exegesis is prone. In 'Young Goodman Brown', for instance, Hawthorne deals with the ambiguities that arise when the individual subject is unable to interpret authoritatively the fundamental categories of elect and preterite.