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Analogy

Page history last edited by PBworks 16 years, 4 months ago

"after Dr. King is dead and buried and the Civil Rights Movement is just a memory of days gone by people will still know his name and herald the sit-ins. Memory of me, if I was ever even known except by few to begin with, will fade to dust. This is ok with me though, as such with the Lineman when the touchdown is scored. They will not ever get hailed as the Most Valuable Player but they just relish in the fact that the game is won and the victory achieved."

 

This excerpt is from my Narrative and, if I may say so myself, I believe this is a good example of an analogy. An analogy is very effective in conveying a message to the reader that might be drawn out and boring if one attempts to merely define it like an excerpt from Websters Dictionary (An analogy to define an analogy!) In my works I love using analogies because is helps connect your message to the reader.

 

There is however a serious difference between both the context the analogy is trying to define and the literal meaning of the analogy itself. Basically, the Civil Rights Movement and Football almost nothing in common. It is the congruent connotative ideology that makes the analogy work. If my audience was of a foreign (outside the United State) nature I would probably target a different sport as the source of the analogy. For example, if it was a hispanic audience I would use something to the effect of Soccer and a goalie defending the goal from the game loosing shot.

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