So what is an allegory? Well you should know unless you belong to a certain group of people(ie. low hanging fruits, golly don’t you just love that term.) So let’s describe what it means al·le·go·ryˈaləˌɡôrē/ nouna story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.So now that you special people know what it means, let’s take a look at the literal and allegorical meanings of the story “Terrible Things” Literal: Terrible Things is about a group of forest animals living together in relative peace, but then you have creatures known as the Terrible Things come in and take everything that has wings, this does little to frighten the animals and they even agree that the birds needed to leave and the dissenters are told to be quiet and be happy they haven’t been taken too, so then one by one the Terrible Things take every animal out of the forest until only one small squirrel who escaped ran and lamented that if they had worked together, this could have all been avoided
Allegorical: The allegorical theme of this is the holocaust as it says in the front of the book. And the forest stands for the Weimar Republic that was formed after WW1 and the animals represent the gypsies and jews and others persecuted in the holocaust. The Terrible Things represent the Nazi party and Nazi Germany in general along with their supporters. And where they take the creatures is meant to be the concentration and work camps where the persecuted were kept and usually died. And the one small squirrel who survived is the surviving persecuted after the horrors of the holocaust as well as those who escaped the nazi clutches into other countries.