Analogy

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 from these sites:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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