What is an analogy?

An analogy is using one thing or event to explain the qualities of another thing or event. It usually involves a real situation other people know, or a situation others can easily understand.

The difference between an analogy, a metaphor and a simile are not that big. Similes and metaphors are actually short analogies. Analogies try more to paint a picture so people can compare the situations.

Common Ways to create analogies

– you know the feeling (of something)? That is how I feel about …
(asking person to understand a feeling)

-if this is (one object), then that is (a related object)
(asking person to understand the relationship between objects)

– this (event) is like (an event from history)
(asking the person to use an understanding of history to understand this event)

Examples of analogy

– On visiting his girlfriend’s family for the first time, he found himself in the same situation as a mouse that had walked into a ‘cats only’ disco

– If you imagine the universe is everything that will happen in your life, then this test is just a speck of sand on a beach.

– America’s visit into Iraq has wound up in the same position as its trip into Vietnam.

– CCTV is to news what KFC is to a diet.

– He is to girls what kryptonite is to Superman.

– You know the feeling you get when you first fall in love? That is how I felt when I saw that car.

– (using hands to illustrate point) Here…is your chances of passing the test. And here…is the chances of a fish becoming President of the USA.

Exercises

Make analogies to either describe, or use:
a) how you felt on your first day of school
b) someone being drunk
c) a mouse seeing a cat