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Metaphor and Simile

Metaphor and Simile

Let’s learn the difference between a metaphor & a simile

Metaphor

A metaphor is a figure of speech that directly compares one thing to another for rhetorical effect.

A metaphor is often poetically saying something is something else.

Examples

  • Life is a battleground.
  • She is a couch potato.

It is a figure of speech wherein a word or phrase represents an object or idea that is used instead to show the likeness between the two.

Simile

A simile is a figurative statement that uses connecting words.

Examples

  • Paul danced like Michael Jackson, at the party.
  • She is as beautiful as Angelina Jolie.

Unlike metaphors, similes create a comparison using like and as.

A simile is saying something is like something else.


Activity

Can you identify the similes and metaphors?

  1. 1. The baby was like an octopus, grabbing at all the cans on the shelves.
  2. 2. As the teacher entered the room, she muttered under her breath, “This class is like a three-ring circus.”
  3. 3. The giant’s steps were thunder as he ran toward
  4. Jack.
  5. 4. The pillow was a cloud when I put my head on it after a long day.
  6. 5. Those girls are like two peas in a pod.

Answers

1. Simile; 2. Simile; 3.Metaphor; 4.Metaphor; 5. Simile

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