A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, a simile is made similar with the help of the words "I like" or "like". Therefore, it is a direct comparison.
We can find examples of similes in our daily speech. We often hear comments like, "John is as slow as a snail." Snails are notorious for their slow pace, and here John's slowness is compared to that of a snail. Using "like" in the example helps to draw the resemblance. Now we know the definition of simile, let's look at some examples of common similes.
Common examples of similes
Our soldiers are as brave as lions.
Their cheeks are red as a rose.
He's as funny as a monkey
The water hole was as dry as a bone
He's as cunning as a fox
Simile brings liveliness into what we say Authors and poets use simile to convey their feelings and thoughts through vivid images of words.
Short examples of similes in a sentence
The glow from the light tube was as bright as the sun.
In winter, when he rained, he would climb into bed and feel as comfortable as an insect on a carpet.
At the time of the exam, the high school student was as busy as a bee
The beggar on the road looked as blind as a bat
When he finished the exam, the candidate felt as light as a feather.
When the teacher entered the class, the 6th grade students were fighting like cats and dogs.
The diplomat said the friendship of the two countries was as deep as an ocean.
The desert traveler's hopes were disappointed when he finally reached a well in It was dry as a bone.
His opponent tried to make him angry, but he stayed as cool as cucumber.
The worker stayed busy all day and slept like a tree that night.
The audience heard his fascinating speech too quietly like mice.
The young athlete looked as strong as an ox.
The student moved at lightning speed after receiving early release permission from the teacher.
The history paper was as tricky as a maze.
The boys on the pitch felt that way happy as dogs with two tails.
Examples of parable in literature
Example 1: Lord Jim (by Joseph Conrad)
“I would have given anything to calm your frail soul and torment myself in its invincible ignorance like a little bird that strikes the cruel wires of a cage.
In these lines from Lord Jim, the helplessness of the soul is compared to a bird in a cage, beating itself against the merciless wires in order to be free.
Example 2: To the lighthouse (by Virginia Woolf)
“... impressions poured on these Admitting both men and following their thoughts was like following a voice that speaks too quickly to be struck down by a pencil… ”
In the example of the parable above, Ms. Woolf makes the point that her thoughts are difficult to follow and can cannot be written quickly enough.
Example 3: Lolita (By Vladimir Nabokov)
"Older American ladies leaning on their sticks and walking towards me like towers of Pisa."
This parable creates a humorous effect by comparing old women le Example 4: A red, red rose (by Robert Burns)
“O my luff is like a red, red rose
That was new in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
Das is played sweetly in unison. “
Here Robert Burns describes the beauty of his beloved by means of a parable. He says that his love is a fresh red rose that blooms in spring.
Example 5: The daffodils (by William Wordsworth)
“I have wandered lonely like a cloud
floating on high valleys and hills.
The poet sees himself as a free cloud floating alone in a blue sky above the valleys and mountains. By choosing this simile, Wordsworth describes his loneliness.
Example # 6: Sonnet 18 (by William Shakespeare)
An important thing to consider here is that sometimes the simile is drawn without using the words "like" or "like". Consider the following example:
“Will I compare you to a summer day?
You are more beautiful and more temperate.
Strong winds shake the dear May buds,
And the summer lease is too short a date.
Sometimes too hot for the eye of the sky it shines,
And often its golden complexion is dimmed;
And every beauty of beauty ever declines ”
In the first line, Shakespeare raises a question whether he should compare his beloved to a summer day. But then he rejects this idea and says that his love is better than that. This is an example of an extended simile. It is an example of an extended simile.
Example 7: Will there really be a tomorrow? (By Emily Dickinson)
“Will there really be a tomorrow?
Is it something like a day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as her?
Has feet like water lilies?
Does it have feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries? “
In this example of the parable, the speaker feels depressed and wonders if there could be hope and tomorrow again. The poet has used trochees and given a strong rhythm to the poem. Note in this first stanza, the accented syllables are highlighted. See that the word "I" has no accent or accent with different feet.
Example # 8: To be taken with a grain of salt (By Charles Dickens)
"... when I put the paper down, I noticed a flash - rush - flow - I don't know what to call it - no word I can find is satisfyingly descriptive - in which I seemed to see that bedroom passing my room, like an impossibly painted painting of a rushing river.
Charles Dickens, in this excerpt, uses a simile in the last line, indicated in bold
Example # 9: Othello (By William Shakespeare)
“It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul, —
Don't let me name you, chaste stars!
It is the cause. However, I will not spill her blood;
Nor leave scars on that skin of hers whiter than snow,
And smooth as monumental alabaster. ”Alabaster
Example # 10: Othello (By William Shakespeare)
Othello: She was false as the water.
Emilia: You are impru dente as fire,
To say she was false: Oh, she was heavenly true.
Othello compares Desdemona's infidelity to water, but Emilia calls him as reckless as fire and testifies of her fidelity. In both cases these are very good similes that reflect a person's character.
Simile meaning and function
So what is a simile and its purpose? From the discussion of parable examples above, we can infer the function of parables both in everyday life and in life. The use of parables attracts attention and speaks directly to the senses of listeners or readers. It stimulates their imagination to understand what is being communicated. It also brings rhythm, lifelike quality to our daily language and the characters of fiction or poetry .
Simile enables readers to relate the feelings of a writer or poet to their personal experiences. Hence, the use of parables makes it easier for readers to understand the subject of a literary text that might otherwise have been too difficult to understand.Like metaphors, parables also add variety to the way we think and offer new perspectives on the world.
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