Analogy

Definition:
An analogy is a literary device that helps to establish a relationship based on similarities between two concepts or ideas. By using an analogy we can convey a new idea by using the blueprint of an old one as a basis for understanding. With a mental linkage between the two, one can create understanding regarding the new concept in a simple and succinct manner.

Example:
In the same way as one cannot have the rainbow without the rain, one cannot achieve success and riches without hard work.

9 thoughts on “Analogy”

  1. Metaphor vs Analogy

    In case anyone needs further clarification:
    Metaphors compare object to object. (“The stars were diamonds in the night sky.”)

    Analogies compare relationship to relationship. (“Her writing was as essential to her as water was to fish.”)

    1. That is very cool thanks for the clarification, both of these styles are comforting for the reader, makes the reading more enjoyable.

    2. What you are describing is a Logical Analogy, but literary analogies don’t have to be corresponding relationships necessarily. “Our lives are like the changing seasons, we grow in the Spring of our life, become strong and work hard in the Summer of our life, reap the harvest of our work in the Autumn of our life, and celebrate the riches of our memories in the Winter of our life” is an analogy. The basic difference between analogy and metaphor is that an analogy intends to explain or make one thing more understandable by comparison to the other (I concur with the definition above). Metaphor is a simple figurative description and does not intend to explain either one: e.g. “He was in the Autumn of his life.”

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