By: Justin Samuels


An analogy is a literary device that creates a relationship based on parallels or connections between two ideas.

Uses in Literature

Analogies are used in literature primarily to help the reader better grasp concepts through the use of a familiar comparison. This allows the reader to understand ideas that they may not have been able to without the comparison.

Examples in Literature

"Memory is to love what the saucer is to the cup." The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country. - Proverbs 25:25

They crowded very close about him, with their hands always on him in a careful, caressing grip, as though all the while feeling him to make sure he was there. It was like men handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water. - A Hanging by George Orwell

Simple vs. Complex Analogy

Simple Analogy- compare two things using a common framework.

Example- Horse is to foal as dog is to puppy.

Complex Analogy- it is an implied comparison that helps the reader familiarize and visualize the relationship between the two things.

Example- She was as cold as ice


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