Literary Terms


Analogies: Similes and Metaphors

An analogy is a comaprison between two things. Usually, the things being compared are fairly dissimilar. This forces the reader to "figure out" the ways in which the two things might be similar.

There are two types of analogies: similes and metaphors.




  • A comparison of two things using "like" or "as".
  • A comparison of two things without using "like" or "as".

Men are like dogs.

Men are dogs

She is sweet as candy.

She's a lolypop.

He eats like a pig.

He is a pig.

Her heart is pure as gold.

She has a heart of gold.

He is as brave as a lion.

He is a lion.

She swims like a fish.

She's a fish.

Her smile was bright like the sun.

The sun was in her smile.


Instructions for the Quiz

Identify the type of analogy. (Decide if it's a simile or metaphor).