Rhetorical Devices for Dummies: Making Comparisons

Rhetorical Devices for Dummies: Making Comparisons

1. Comparing Sunshine Simile: Your smile is like sunshine on a rainy day. Metaphor: You are the sunshine of my life.

In general, similes are more poetic statements and metaphors are more hyperbolic ones. If you want to flatter someone you can choose either a simile or metaphor, depending on how extreme your feelings are.

2. Comparing Life Simile: Life is like a box of chocolates. Metaphor: Life is a highway, and I want to ride it all night long.

The words “like” and “as” usually distinguish similes from metaphors. Wondering if something is a simile? Just check for the words “like” or “as” and if you see them, chances are you have a simile.

3. Comparing Foxes Simile: He’s as sly as a fox Metaphor: He’s a fox!

When it comes to similes and metaphors, a few small words can change the meaning of a sentence drastically. Choose your words carefully when you’re describing someone or something using a simile or metaphor, or you just might end up saying something you don’t intend!

Weekly Grammar Tips
Weekly Grammar Tips
Want more good reads?

Get the best stories delivered to you each week.

Your writing, at its best
Why not make your writing mistake-free across the web?
Get Grammarly It’s free
Blog Updates
Sign up for our weekly newsletter and never miss a story.
Want more good reads?

Get the best stories delivered to you each week.

Embed Code

Copy code below to embed this post to your site.