What is an example of a simile in Gulliver's Travels?
A simile is a comparison which uses the words “like” or “as.” Unlike a metaphor, which describes something as if it were something else, a simile is a more indirect comparison. There are many such comparisons, but here are some examples. For each page number I use the enotes etext, which you can access yourself to find the quotes.
“ a hundred arrows discharged on my left hand, which pricked me like so many needles” (enotes etext p. 9)
“he desired I would stand like a colossus, with my legs as far asunder as I conveniently could” (p. 18)
“I was first taken up, had seen a great black substance lying on the ground, very oddly shaped, its edges extended round as wide as his Majesty's bed-chamber, and rising up in the middle as high as a man; that it was no living creature, as they at first apprehended, for it lay on the grass without motion; (p. 18)
In Guillver’s Travels, there is an element of fantasy. Throughout the story, things are compared to our world. This is an easy way of describing something which is different and imaginary so people understand it, but also a way for Gulliver to make sense of this new world and the strange things he sees, and often make satirical comparisons for our benefit.