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10 Topic Suggestions for Descriptive Essays

1A Surprise Birthday Party
2My Next-door Neighbor
3Favorite Athlete
4A Character from a Book ,Movie or TV Program
5First Day in College
6A Sad (or Happy) Day in Life
7Farewell in High School
8The Experience of Sky-diving
9Baking a Pizza
10Learning to Play Piano

10 Topic Suggestions for Narrative Essays

1Your first day at a new school or college
2Your first day at a new job
3Your last day on a job
4An embarrassing experience
5A dangerous experience
6Surviving a hurricane or a tornado (or other natural disaster)
7The day you decided to change your life
8The experience of being lost (or of being frustrated)
9A communication barrier
10Your first time away from home


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10 Topic Suggestions for Process Analysis Essays

1How ice cream is made
2How to play chess
3How people choose mates
4How to quit smoking
5How to conduct obedience training for dogs
6How to succeed at a job interview
7How to learn photography
8How a bad habit develops
9How to enjoy the weekend for under $20
10How to make the perfect brownies

10 Topic Suggestions for Exemplification Essays

1Successful People Without a Formal Education
3Effects of Social Networking Sites
4Child discipline
5Animal Characteristics in People
6Annoying Commercials
7Genetic Engineering
8Ghosts and Goblins
9Religion in School

10 Topic Suggestions for Comparison and Contrast Essays

1Two stages of a person's life
2Two places you have visited
3Effects of Social Networking Sites
4A good boss and a bad boss
5Bulimia and anorexia
6Living on campus and living off campus
7An active student and a passive student
8An online class compared to a traditional class
9Hearing culture and deaf culture
10Mainstream school vs. deaf school


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10 Topic Suggestions for Analogy Essays

1Starting a new job
2Getting out of debt
3Being in a car accident
4Falling in love
5Experiencing grief
6Experiencing joy
7Discovering a major in college
8Leaving home for the first time
9Making a speech
10Becoming addicted to drugs

10 Topic Suggestions for Classification Essays

1Ways of saving money
2Uses of social network sites
3Reasons for attending or not attending college
4Classify the winter and summer sports
5Classify the study habits
6Ways of quitting smoking
7Attitudes toward politics
8Ways of coping with a cold
9Ways of protecting the environment
10On-campus jobs for students

10 Topic Suggestions for Cause and Effect Essays

1The effect of a parent, teacher, or friend on your life
2Why you selected your major
3Why students drop out of high school or college
4The effects of divorce
5Volcano eruptions — causes and effects
6What are the effects of illiteracy
7Causes of the Great Depression
8Why people exercise
9The causes/effects of child neglect
10Why many Americans prefer foreign-built cars


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10 Topic Suggestions for Definition Essays

1Deaf culture
3A good (or bad) parent
4A good (or bad) boss
6Racism and prejudice
7Bilingual education
9Free Speech
10Environmental technology

10 Topic Suggestions for Argument and Persuasion Essays

1The production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal.
2Participating in team sports helps to develop good character.
3Americans should have more holidays and longer vacations.
4Dieting makes people fat.
5College students should have complete freedom to choose their own courses.
6Students should (or should not) be required to take physical education courses.
7Freshmen should not be required to purchase a meal plan from the college.
8High school graduates should take a year off before entering college.
9People have become overly dependent on technology.
10Drunk drivers should be imprisoned on the first offense.



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Analogy Definition

An analogy is a comparison in which an idea or a thing is compared to another thing that is quite different from it. It aims at explaining that idea or thing by comparing it to something that is familiar. Metaphors and similes are tools used to draw an analogy. Therefore, analogy is more extensive and elaborate than either a simile or a metaphor. Consider the following example:

“The structure of an atom is like a solar system. The nucleus is the sun, and electrons are the planets revolving around their sun.”

Here, an atomic structure is compared to a solar system by using the word “like.” Therefore, it is a simile. Metaphor is used to relate the nucleus to the sun, and the electrons to the planets, without using the words “like” or “as.” Hence, similes and metaphors are employed to develop an analogy.

Examples of Analogy in Everyday Life

We commonly use analogy in our everyday conversation. Some common analogy examples are given below:

  • Life is like a race. The one who keeps running wins the race, and the one who stops to catch a breath loses.
  • Just as a sword is the weapon of a warrior, a pen is the weapon of a writer.
  • How a doctor diagnoses diseases is like how a detective investigates crimes.
  • Just as a caterpillar comes out of its cocoon, so we must come out of our comfort zone.
  • You are as annoying as nails on a chalkboard.

Examples of Analogy in Literature

Example #1: Night Clouds (By Amy Lowell)

“The white mares of the moon rush along the sky
Beating their golden hoofs upon the glass Heavens.”

Here, the poet constructs an analogy between clouds and mares. She compares the movement of the white clouds in the sky at night with that of the white mares on the ground.

Example #2: A Hanging (By George Orwell)

The lines below were taken from George Orwell’s narrativeessayA Hanging, which exhibits an analogy between a prisoner and a fish.

“They crowded very close about him, with their hands always on him in a careful, caressing grip, as though all the while feeling him to make sure he was there. It was like men handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water.”

The people are taking a prisoner to the gallows to be hanged. They are holding him firmly, as if he were a fish which might slip away and escape.

Example #3: The Day Is Done (By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow uses analogy in the following lines taken from his poem The Day is Done:

“Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start.”

He relates his poems to the summer showers and tears from the eyes. He develops the similarity to show spontaneity of art when it directly comes out from the heart of an artist.

Example #4: Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)

These lines are taken from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called…”

Juliet is indirectly saying that, just like a rose that will always smell sweet by whichever name it is called, she will love Romeo even if he changes his name.

Example #5: The Flea (By John Donne)

John Donne, in his poem The Flea, uses analogy of a flea to describe his love with his beloved:

“This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is…”

In the quoted lines, he tells his darling that, as a flea has sucked blood from both of them, and their blood has mingled in its gut, so the flea has become their “wedding bed.”

Function of Analogy

Writers use analogy to link an unfamiliar or a new idea with common and familiar objects. This makes it is easier for readers to comprehend a new idea, which may have been difficult for them to understand otherwise. In addition, by employing this literary tool, writers catch the attention of their readers. Analogies help increase readers’ interest as analogies help them relate what they read to their life.

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