What Is a Simile?
Unlike metaphors, similes create a comparison using like and as. Perhaps you’ll recognize this famous example of simile from Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
In this case, the reader is more explicitly aware of the direct comparison that’s being made versus a metaphor or analogy. (Remember, a simile is a type of metaphor.) When it comes to simile use in writing, a good rule of thumb is to approach with caution and use similes sparingly.
Similes use the words like or as to compare things—“Life is like a box of chocolates.”
In contrast, metaphors directly state a comparison—“Love is a battlefield.”
They're all important when writing though. Making unconventional comparisons at times using similes and metaphors can add to your writing and make it much more layered and sophesticated. Eg:
His words wrapped themselves around me like Thorny vines of a spiteful plant, no more like the warm embrace of the sun on your skin.
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Excited for Halloween! The Hot Wife is prepping the yard for all the spooky decorations which might happen on Sunday if we don’t get a lot of rain.
This should be a piece of cake for you if you've been locked almost all year round, it only gets more fun and intense once it's locktober.. I hope you are ready for what's to come next because I decide everything, my pleasure and satisfaction always comes first, for your sake I hope you satisfy me well enough to earn you some sort of pleasure if at all you'll be getting any
A group of 1940s students doing their schoolwork while drinking some Coca Cola.
Motifs and Their Uses
It's not necessary that you know what a motif is or how to use it.
Motif is one of the most useful literary devices when writing a novel or short story. At the same time, the definition of motif can be difficult to pin down.
Motif is a literary technique that consists of a repeated element that has symbolic significance to a literary work. Sometimes, a motif is a recurring image. Other times, it’s a repeated word, phrase, or topic expressed in language. A motif can be a recurring situation or action. It can be a sound or smell, a temperature, even a color.
If you spot a symbol, concept, or plot structure that surfaces repeatedly in the text, you're probably dealing with a motif. They must be related to the central idea of the work, and they always end up reinforcing the author's overall message.
A repeated reference or visual of shattered glass (something in life is about to break)
Recurring dishonest characters (to cue up the discovery of an unfaithful spouse)
The key aspect is that a motif repeats, and through this repetition helps to illuminate the dominant ideas, central themes, and deeper meaning of a story.
Authors utilize motifs for multiple purposes. Motifs can:
1. Evoke a mood
2. Illuminate main themes
3. Engage the audience on an intuitive level
4. Create unique symbolic meanings through repetition
5. Establish a pattern of ideas
"You can let it go
You can throw a party full of everyone you know
You can start a family who will always show you love
You don't have to be sorry for doing it on your own
You can let it go"
Lyrics from "Matilda" by Harry 🤍
All my tenderest feelings on this one. 💫