Please give me smilies for: taste, hair, sound and a dragon... Give me metaphors for: the old lady, fire, river and classroom...Not vague ones please

Expert Answers
Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The key difference between composing similes and metaphors lies in the use of "like" or "as" in contrast to the notion of forging a stronger comparison.  Example, her voice sounded like an angel's song or the desert was as sweet as nectar from a honey bee or Her hair moved as freely as wind blown grain.  These would be similes as, the dragon's eyes were as bright as two raging fires.  In all of these, the use of the word "like" or "as" helps to drive comparison.  In the metaphoric analysis, the comparison is stronger and more driven.  The old lady was a pillar of strength in how she carried herself through difficulty.  The destruction wrought by the fire represented the destructive force of the gods.   When the students left the classroom, it was transformed into a cave of nothingness.  Stepping into the sacred river was a morality car wash for the offender.  In these instances, the metaphors allow the comparison to emanate through for the objects being compared are not "like" one another.  They are one another.