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What is an example of a simile in A Christmas Carol?  

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lisa1974kenny... | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM via web

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What is an example of a simile in A Christmas Carol?


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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 8, 2011 at 2:25 AM (Answer #1)

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A simile is a comparison of two UNLIKE objects using the words "like" or "as".  An example would be...... The girl is as pretty as a picture.  the girl is being compared to a picture.  Two unlike objects --- girl and picture are being compared. 

In A Christmas Carol, the very first paragraph gives you a famous simile.  It says

"Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail" (pg 5)

The narrator goes on to explain that he doesn't really know how dead a door-nail can be -- that a coffin nail might be more appropriate, but he uses for turn of phrase "dead as a door-nail"

  Another simile is when Scrooge enters his home.  He has seen Marley's face and is denying that fact.  He slams the door shut.

"The sound resounded through the house like thunder" (pg 15)

Here you are comparing the sound of a slamming door to thunder.

When he sees Marley's ghost, he notices the chain coiled around him

"It was long and wound around him like a tail..." (pg 17)

This compares the chain to a tail. 



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