WHAT IS A SIMILE?
A simile is similar to a METAPHOR. The main difference between the two is that similes use the word ‘like’ OR ‘as’ to make sure that the reader sees it!
Very similarly to METAPHORS, similes are used to compare two things in order for you to think of them in a certain way. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo says that love “pricks like a thorn.”
We find thorns on rose bushes, so this makes the comparison very interesting. By comparing love to thorns, Romeo is showing that whilst love seems great on the surface (like a rose does) there is a good chance that if you aren’t careful, you will get hurt.
WHY DO WE USE SIMILES?
As you can see from the example above, similes make it easy for someone to explain a complex thought or feeling which they have inside of them in a way that someone can find easier to understand. This is why similes are so common within everyday language, in the books and poetry we read, and even in other mediums such as music, magazines, TV shows, newspaper articles and blogs.