The Shadows The Shadows represent the perceptions of those who believe empirical evidence ensures knowledge.
In order of decreasing levels of truth seen, the categories are: 1 philosophers, lovers of beauty, men of culture, or those dedicated to love; 2 law-abiding kings or civic leaders; 3 politicians, estate-managers or buisinessmen; 4 ones who specialize in bodily health; 5 prophets or mystery cult participants; 6 poets or imitative artists; 7 craftsmen or farmers; 8 sophists or demagogues; and 9 tyrants.
They don't just come right out and say it. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan is a spiritual allegory. First things first! Hidden Messages Abound Aren't we always trying to "read" people and understand the world around us?
An allegory is a work of written, oral, or visual expression that uses symbolic figures, objects, and actions to convey truths or generalizations about human conduct or experience.
Specifically, the island represents the whole world, the conch stands for law and order, and the fire represents hope and destruction.
You cannot look at anything behind or to the side of you — you must look at the wall in front of you.