Simile is a figure of speech which shows a similarity between two apparently unlike things by using the words “like” or “as.” One example of simile is, “The god that holds you over the pit of Hell much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire…” In this sentence you are being compared to a spider, or a loathsome insect. This means that God is holding you out of hell like someone would hold a bug over the trash. A second example of simile is, “your wickedness makes you as if it were as heavy as lead.” Your wickedness is being compared to lead. It is saying that you have so much sin and wickedness in you, that it weighs you down because it’s so heavy. The more wicked you get, the lower God’s hand drops, and the sooner you fall into
Similes is like sun in literature, without it, nothing would would be alive. It is what makes up figurative language and keeps it from extinction. One example of a simile used in the story is right in the beginning of the book, comparing how children really enjoy Eddie. “They drew in like cold hands to a fire” (page 13). The many children that adventure Ruby Pier everyday are very attracted to Eddie. Children love him. It was like it was destiny. Eddie was meant for Ruby Pier, not because his father worked their, but because he was meant to protect every child from the roller coasters. That’s why he was maintenance. So that he could fix the rides to protect the children. So this simile really acts as a symbol and a little bit of foreshadowing. But mainly, this simile compares how the children are like cold hands to a fire because they can never get away from
Metaphors are used a lot throughout the book The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Some examples of metaphors in the story are, the sand turtle trying to cross the road in chapter three, the bank monster that is described in chapter five, and the car dealership that is described in chapter seven.
In “A River Runs Through It,” similes are used constantly. They usually relate a person or object to an animal or living entity. For one example, Maclean uses a simile to compare life’s
The author uses a pair of similes to help people have a picture in their head about the story. In the story he says ¨It was empty as a jungle glade at a hot high noon¨. This simple quote makes the story a whole lot more realistic. You can practically feel the hot sun pouring down on your back. It helps people form an illustration in their head about what is happening in the story. Another simile used is ¨The house lights followed her like a flock of fireflies.¨ This quote
Throughout the novel, the author Edward Bloor uses literary devices such as similes to make the readers visualize the descriptive situations in the story. These similes describe to the reader how different occurrences relate to other actions, objects, or living things.
In Chapter 3 page 39 he uses simile when saying “While his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug” when describing someone’s car and a small bug. By comparing these two objects the reader can conclude that the car moved in a way that is comparable to a small yellow bug. The second example of his use of simile is on page 39 of chapter 3 when he says “Girls came and went by like moths among the whisperings. This example of simile was used to describe the frequency of girls coming into and leaving his life by comparing them to moths. Fitzgerald used his form of figurative language to express his view of different events in his life. The use of simile is by far one of the most common forms of figurative language in the history of American
In the story “The Contender” the author uses figurative language to relate to the mood and the setting. In the story the author uses a simile to describe Aunt Pearl’s voice by saying “...Aunt Pearl’s pure, sweet voice rose above the others, filling the little room like a sound like golden honey.” Based on this Simile the reader can Infer that Aunt Pearl had a sweet and bright voice and that everyone liked to listen to. The author said ¨...like golden honey.” The author also sets the mood just a little bit by using this phrase. The mood in this phrase the reader can infer is very joyful and peaceful. Also, the author uses personification to describe how Donatelli was looking at Alfred by saying “Donatelli circled slowly around him, his hand on his square chin, as if he were inspecting a slab of meat in a butcher store.” Based on this personification the reader can infer that Donatelli was really inspecting Alfred and checking him out to see if he was a good fighter. The readers can also infer that Donatelli didn’t just want anybody be working out in his gym for no good reason and he was really serious about boxing. Lastly, the author used another simile to describe the mood and how big the bag was hanging on the ceiling by saying “A gray, Canvas bag, as large as a loaded army duffel bag, hung from the ceiling from the long chain. The readers can infer that the bag that hung from the ceiling was massive and was a really large
Right near the beginning the author writes “Gusts of wind made bits of paper dance between the parked cars” which is an example of personification. This use of figurative language helps develop a gloomy mood and the fact neighborhood might be poor. Next the author writes “Father’s words like the distant thunder that now echoed through the streets of Harlem” which is an example of a simile. By comparing “Father’s” words to a distant thunder it makes the reader think his father is a big, strict, loud, and that the character and his father are probably in an argument. Finally, the author describes Lemon Brown’s voice as “high and brittle like twigs being broken” which is an example of a simile. By describing the voice as high and brittle it makes the reader think the voice may be from an older person who is potentially a woman. Walter Dean Myers makes great use of figurative language in the story Treasure of Lemon Brown.
The muscles’ jabbering like chickens is again a beautiful example of symbolism-cum-metaphor. Ward writes, “…her skin was dark as the reaching oak trees” (22), and “…until his legs turn to noodles and he is sliding down Randall like a pole” (43), which are beautiful expressions of her crafting of symbolism, metaphors, and similes in her novel. So, we see that metaphorical language can be found more often throughout
One often hears the saying, “Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in their shoes.” The way an author uses similes can help the reader better understand how the character feel and what they're going through like Sylvia Plath in The Bell Jar. Esther Greenwood, a college student, working at a month long job as a guest editor for a fashion magazine feels like an outcast from the rest of the girls; she doesn't seem to fit in. When she arrives back home, she receives several bad news leads her into thinking suicide is the best thing to do. After multiple failed attempts, she is put into a mental hospital where she will gain hope in life and finally discover who she really is. In Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, there are several instances in which the author uses similes to illustrate a more detailed image/description to better portray how the main character felt during her New York job, her suicide attempts, and at her stay at the mental institution.
The short story the Tale Tell Heart, Edger Allen Poe uses many literary elements to show the theme of the story. Some of the literary elements that Poe uses are first person narrator, interior monologue, and cosmic irony. With these elements Poe is able to display the theme of the story which is, we are afraid of the things we don’t understand and a guilty conscience will win out in the end. These are the themes and elements of Poe’s short story.
Not only are the similes potentially overlooked, they also create a bigger problem in deterring readers from finding the more interesting themes, such as truth and loyalty, in the novel. If they skim over the similes, they will most likely skim over some of these important, and interesting, themes. His interactions with
In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart," the author combines vivid symbolism with subtle irony. Although the story runs only four pages, within those few pages many examples of symbolism and irony abound. In short, the symbolism and irony lead to an enormously improved story as compared to a story with the same plot but with these two elements missing.