I am currently working on a 14 chapter novel that has an allegory within the plot. I don't want to hit readers over the head with my message, but I do want them to notice the allegorical question that the novel asks. Is there a way of using allegory and not making it obvious. The novel is set in 1906, so everything seems very literal and straightforward, however all of the characters and the plot are supposed to be symbolic of modern society. This is my first novel and I am just learning about the fiction-writing process. I've always liked writing, so I decided to write a novel of my own. Do you dislike the idea of a plot having an allegorical subtext or do you find it interesting?