Analogy

Not to be confused with Simile or Metaphor.

An analogy is a comparison of similar concepts, characters, or words for the purpose of clarification or explanation. The point is not to equivocate, but to illustrate crucial similarities.

Examples

Example #1:

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
  • In a box of chocolate, there is an array of different flavors; it is you who will experience either the bitterness or sweetness of the ones you pick. Life is similar to this in the sense that the decisions you pick and chose will either lead you to experience sweetness or bitterness.

Example #2

"You are as annoying as nails on a chalkboard."
  • The sound of fingernails scraping against a chalkboard is arguably one of the most unsettling and agitating of sounds; an annoying person can have the same effect.

Example #3

"A movie is a roller coaster ride of emotions."
  • On a rollercoaster, you experience a lot of things. At first, it's pretty basic, just slowly moving forward with a few curves and slight ups and downs. However, as the ride goes on, there are sudden twists and turns along with huge drops that make your stomach drop; similar to the different parts of a movie.

Alanlogy versus Similie versus Metaphor

Like previously mentioned an analogy is a comparison of two things for the purpose of clarification or explanation.

A simile is a figure of speech in which two, unlike things are explicitly compared.

  • Her skin was as white as snow

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or a phrase is applied to a thing or action to which it is not literally applicable.

  • She is swimming in a sea of grief.
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