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I am always asked the question, whats the diffrence between a metaphor and simile. Well I get them all mixed up how do I tell them apart?
At its rock-bottom simplest:
A simile compares one thing to another, and causes us to consider some manner in which they are similar (remember: simile —> similar). Often the words like or as are used. For example:
After hearing her daughter announce her intention to elope, Mrs. Johnson's face turned as white as a wedding gown.
She was shocked, and her face turned white—almost as white as a wedding gown, which is pretty white.
A metaphor takes things a step further, and causes us to consider one thing as being another. A metaphor doesn't say that one thing is like another, it says that one thing is another. The words as and like are not normally used. You're more likely to see a BE verb used. For example:
His daughter's announcement of her intention to elope was music to Mr. Johnson's ears: the wedding was expected to cost in excess of $30,000.
Mr. Johnson is a happy man, because he's going to save $30,000. His daughter's announcement really was beautiful music!
A simile says A is like B.
A metaphor says A is B.
Hope this makes sense. These can be tricky to distinguish.
Last edited by dragn; 23-Aug-2009 at 10:40.