When done too often in a story, analogies can get old fast.
When done too often in a story, analogies can get old fast.However, when done well, they can describe a character’s smile or the emptiness of a room very well.
Shakespeare is the king of analogies—both similes and metaphors.
One well-known example comes from Romeo & Juliet when Romeo says, “But soft! It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”Juliet, of course, is not the sun, but Romeo’s world now revolves around her.(Read 10 Heart-Stopping Topics for Your Romeo and Juliet Essay for additional ideas.) Symbolism is a literary term that gets drilled into the brains of students because it occurs so frequently in every type of literature.
Internal conflicts are when characters have two internal opposing forces.
Sometimes it’s when protagonists have to decide to go against their own morals to protect someone.
Beauty and the Beast, for example, uses the west wing of the castle to symbolize the isolation the Beast feels from the rest of the world.
He urges Belle to never go there because he doesn’t want her to feel that same isolation or to see how truly lonely he is.(Read Lord of the Flies Symbolism: 3 Ideas for Your Essay for some additional examples.)Alliteration is one of the more fun literary terms.
Have you ever heard that immersion is the best way to learn a language? The more you read, the more you learn about how stories, poems, and plays are structured, what makes them so enthralling, and how to analyze them.
Just like with any language, there are certain words and phrases in the language of literary analysis that can get you pretty far.
One of the most famous examples of analogy can be found in the now classic film Forrest Gump when Forrest states, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you’re gonna get.” Life isn’t literally like a box of chocolates in most regards, but Forrest finds one similarity that makes the analogy work (and he conveniently explains the similarity in the next sentence).