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English Stylistics Class 2014. Similes.

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This week we spoke about simile.

A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, a simile draws resemblance with the help of words “like” or “as”. Therefore, it is direct comparison.

 

So, we know that structure of simile is A is like/as B.

A simile has 3 objects: the tenor, the vehicle and link-word.

Semantically it could be original and trite. Trite similes in dictionaries called cliches.

And structurally could be ordinary and disguised.

 

Here are some examples of similes:

For my picture I used this site: http://mmdelrosario.hubpages.com/hub/simile-and-metaphors

 

Feel free to use similes when you want. Using similes in a social setting will make you look witty and well read. However, when using a simile, make it look like you are a natural. Do not make the mistake of making it look like you have rehearsed your lines for then it might just backfire.

 

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