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The essays below discuss two unlike things in such a way that the more common subject clarifies the more confusing one. You can learn to write an analogy essay here, here, and here.

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The Allegory of the Cave (Book VII of Plato's Republic)

The Greek philosopher Socrates contrasts two visual experiences to help his students discover Truth.

Analogy Times and Places Third Person Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts

Car Mechanic Dreams up a Tool to Ease Births

New York Times science reporter Donald McNeil explains how retrieving a lost wine cork led to a potentially life-saving obstetrical device.

Analogy Modern Challenges Third Person Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts Connect with Author

Love Thy PlayStation, Love Thyself

Writers Reihan Salam and Will Wilkinson use humor as they compare a spouse to a PS3, looking at the economic ramifications of both.

Analogy Love and Relationships Mixed Person Discussion Questions & Writing PromptsConnect with Salam | with Wilkinson

The Market as God

Harvard professor of divinity Harvey Cox takes a theological approach to understanding the business world.

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The Most Delicious Love of All

Although foodie Claire Berger entertains the idea of dating men, in this essay she explains that her current relationship is with food.

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The Three Manager Dog Breeds

Writer Elain Wherry compares the styles of bosses with the behaviors of common canines.

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Victory in 30 Seconds: How Castrated Hogs, Baseball and Other Analogies Shape U.S. Elections

Former Presidential speechwriter John Pollack points out the function of analogies in American politics.

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