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This video defines analogies. What makes an analogy different from a metaphor? How can analogies help strengthen an essay?
|Literary||Symbolism, Allegory, Allusions|
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Anyone still awake out there? Thank goodness for analogies.
Analogies are tools we use help a reader envision or understand what we’re talking about… [Definition of analogy appears]
…by comparing something to…something else, and making it relatable.
The girl was as angry as a penned-up animal that hadn’t eaten for days. [Girl angry outside a gate]
The man’s love for his wife was as boundless as the vast expanse of space.
My stomach is as full as a helium balloon just before it pops.
A little more interesting, right?
But hold up… aren’t these just examples of metaphors?
Hey, good catch. Metaphors…
…are really just simple figures of speech…while analogies are more in-depth comparisons that
indicate more of a direct relationship between two things.
Which can come in handy if, for example, you need help getting your point across when making [Essay on sheet of paper appears]
an argument in an essay.
Your reader may not really get how quickly the polar icecaps are melting… [Polar bear in it's cave]
…but if you make an analogy comparing it to how quickly they melted at the end of the
last glacial period…
…you may get your reader to sit up, pay attention…and maybe stop spraying their [Man throws aerosol bottles in the park]
aerosol can into the air.
Maybe you’re making the claim that Franklin Piece was one of the greatest U.S. Presidents…
…well, you can really drive the point home by making an analogy between Pierce’s accomplishments
and Lincoln’s. Although…you may have to get a little creative there. [Lincoln and Pierce paintings on a wall]
Or you could be trying to convince your reader that soccer is about to experience an increase
in popularity in the U.S.
What better way than to draw an analogy, perhaps by drawing a connection to baseball’s surge
in the late 19th century?
There are also extended analogies, which are like regular analogies, only…extended. [Hand stretching analogies]
They might go on for lines, or even paragraphs…
…comparing fear to a cockroach…
…or faith to an elephant…
…or…well, really any two things you can draw some type of elaborate parallel between.
Analogies aren’t ever necessary…but they do add life to your writing, and can often
bring some much needed clarity to an argumentative effort. [Skyline appears]
If you’re like us, and would do anything to win someone over to your way of thinking…
…analogies could be just what the doctor ordered. [Woman taking a pill]