Simile and Metaphor Figures of Speech
What is a Simile? • Similes are a figure of speech that compare two nouns that are not alike in most ways, but are similar in one important way. • In other words, Similes set two unlike things side-by-side to make us see how they are alike. • Similes use the words “as” or “like” to make the connection between the two things that are being compared. • Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining.
What is a Metaphor? • Metaphors are a figure of speech that compare two nouns that are alike in some way, only you don't use the word “like” or “as”. • Metaphors state that something is something else. • Metaphors are a way to describe something. • Authors use them to make their writing more interesting and entertaining.
Examples of Similes • She sings like an angel. • His skin was as cold as ice. • These cookies taste like garbage. • I was so tired I slept like a log. • It felt as hard as rock. • She looked as gentle as a lamb. • He had a temper like a volcano. • They fought like cats and dogs.
Examples of Metaphors • My desk is a rat’s nest. • My friend is a clown. • She is a jack rabbit. • My brother is a monkey. • The cafeteria is a zoo. • My new bike is a dream. • Grandpa is a teddy bear. • Grandma is a peach.
Simile vs. Metaphor • He eats like a pig. (Simile) • He is a pig. (Metaphor) • She looks like a doll. (Simile) • She is a doll. (Metaphor) • He is as strong as an ox. (Simile) • He is an ox. (Metaphor)
Simile or Metaphor? She was as happy as a clam. Simile My father is a rock. Metaphor You are my sunshine. Metaphor That book is as old as the hills. Simile I’m as hungry as a bear. Simile The soap was a slippery eel. Metaphor