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Literary Device: Allegory

Definition: An allegory is a symbolism device where the meaning of a greater, often abstract, concept is conveyed with the aid of a more corporeal object or idea being used as an example. Usually a rhetoric device, an allegory suggests a meaning via metaphoric examples.


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The allegory found in this example, is one’s position in a group of people walking together. Whenever we’re with others, we tend to have different positions according to who the other person is. If it is a superior-inferior or dominant-passive relationship, it would be in front versus behind. If it is with friends or acquaintances, it would be side-by-side. And if it is with strangers, well… the position of both parties will be quite distant. Therefore, walking positions tell a lot about the relationship of people.

In these two scenes, the first sentence refers to the current situation, whereby the veterans have a higher status than the newbie. On the other hand, the second sentence is basically an invitation for the non-experienced member to attain strength and power, in order to heighten his position in this Yamainu Squad. Hence, there is this abstract idea of improving oneself to become a stronger person, which is clearly represented by the concept of walking positions.

In life, we might be weaker than others in certain aspects, and as a result, walking behind them. However, through hard work and determination, you will undoubtedly gain progress and rise through the ranks. In the end, you might even be walking with them at your side, or even, in front of them. All you need is to put in more effort and energy, and increase your pace to catch up with them. If you are currently persevering through any arduous obstacle, then, jiayous, ganbatte, keep it up, don’t give up!

Because once you stop walking, the distance between you and others will gradually get larger and larger, until they vanish from your vision, leaving nothing but a trail of dust… Then all you can do is 望尘莫及

As Dory from Finding Nemo once said: “Just keep swimming~”

Other Examples: Faith is like a stony uphill climb: a single stumble might send you sprawling but belief and steadfastness will see you to the very top.

Reference: http://literary-devices.com/content/allegory


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((Sequel to Finding Nemo in 2016 and it is called Finding Dory. Ellen DeGeneres has also mentioned that she will continue to be Dory’s voice actor :D))

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