What Are Some Good Examples of an Analogy?

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Some good examples of analogies include: “She is as light as a feather,” “You’re as sweet as sugar,” “She drowned in a sea of grief” and “She is skating on thin ice.” Analogies are literary devices that show a relationship between two things based on similarities.

Some other analogy examples are: “Our soldiers are as brave as lions,” “He is a diamond in the rough,” “The water well is dry as a bone,” “Her voice was music to his ears,” “It is going to be clear skies from now on,” and “He is as cunning as a fox.”

One example of an analogy in literature comes from Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim”: “I would have given anything for the power to soothe her frail soul, tormenting itself in its invincible ignorance like a small bird beating about the cruel wires of a cage.” Another good example of an analogy comes from Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita”: “Elderly American ladies leaning on their canes listed toward me like towers of Pisa.”

Analogies include metaphors, similes, allegories, parables and exemplification. Analogies are used to help a reader understand a concept or idea more fully. Often, the two things compared are not alike but have something in common.