more on "allegory"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 4 04:38:51 UTC 2010

You got that right! I'm still trying figure out what we're supposed
get out of the fact the torturer is a black American: to borrow from
an old R&B song, "The tables turned and now it's your turn to cry," so
to speak? Meant as an on-the-qui-vive directed to the Aryan


On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> Meaning "symbol." If anybody's still interested.  From a 1999
> review of the movie _Three Kings_ [
>  "The torturer addresses Troy as 'bro' and 'my main man' and wants to talk
> about Michael Jackson before forcing Troy to drink motor oil, an allegory
> that would seem forced and clever if [etc., etc.]."
> See, it's about the Gulf War and all, so it's a powerful allegory of
> something. Like, Gulf Oil Company and how Iraq forced it to import
> oil? Confusing, but that's allegory for ya!
> JL
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