Explain the difference between a simile and a metaphor. Then write two original examples of each.
Simile: While there are several specific variations of similes, in general a simile is a comparison between two unlike objects, people, ideas, etc., which uses comparative words such as "like," "as," or "than." Example: His girlfriend is like a modern Medusa!
Metaphor: A metaphor takes a little more skill to write and to interpret. Writers of metaphors have to be confident that their audience/readers will understand that they are using figurative language rather than literal. A metaphor is an indirect comparison between two seemingly unlike objects, people, ideas, etc. If a metaphor stretches through several lines of poetry or sentences in prose, it is called an extended metaphor. Example: The champion weightlifter is an ox. (Notice that there are no comparative words in the metaphor example.)
Both similes and metaphors compare one thing to another as a way of describing the first thing. The only difference is that a simile does it explicitly while a metaphor does not.
Similes generally use the word "as" or "like." So an example of a simile would be "his answer was like a ray of sun bursting through to enlighten me."
By contrast, a metaphor doesn't use "like" or "as." So an example of a metaphor would be "the sunshine of his answer dispelled the dark clouds of my uncertainty."