As far as allegory vs. symbolism, @Daeus-Lamb, I think my own opinion has already been pretty well covered in much better detail by the others. I’m interested in knowing what your definition of allegory is—what you described sounds pretty allegorical to me, though I might just have an incredibly broad standard for that particular story device….
I personally prefer symbolism over allegory, mainly because it’s less in-your-face than allegories typically are. But as has already been mentioned, if you’re gonna go that route, there has to be some sort of established theological foundation or the symbolism will be open to interpretation and won’t mean anything.
Please become the next Tolkien or Sanderson. That would be epic.
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