Written by Neil Kokemuller
A simile is a common literary device. It is a statement that demonstrates similarities between two people or things. Similes are often confused with metaphors. A metaphor shows the meaning of one thing by pointing out something it resembles. A simile is easy to spot because it typically includes the comparison words "like" or "as."
Similes add strength or merit to a statement beyond a more direct approach. Saying "John is as thin as a piece of paper" is impractical, but it emphasizes the author's perspective that John is exceptionally thin. "Tim was as pale as a ghost" similarly strengthens the point that Tim was shocked or that he was feeling under the weather.
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