Which one of the following most accurately describes the organization of the passage?

Kath on October 22 at 04:54PM

D&E

I don’t understand the difference of the “parallel” and “example”. I thought parallel is a kind of example. So I incorrectly chose D. Could you explain this question?

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Irina on October 22 at 08:45PM

@Kath,

The passage tells us that there are two components to the novel - (1) character's heroism and (2) critique of the majority culture. The first point is demonstrated by an analogy to a process presented in anthropological studies of rights of passage, whereas the second point is demonstrated by a specific example of symbolism used by the author. "Parallel" means that a concept is similar or analogues to another and is used to compare to a distinct but similar concept, whereas an example is used to describe a specific instance of a more general principle/ concept. Since the passage tells us that the character's heroic journey is parallel to the one found in anthropological studies rather than giving specific examples of the character's heroism, it is best described as an analogy not an example.