Expert Answers
pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A simile is a comparison between two unlike objects using the words like or as in the sentence. 

" Over time, many similes that we use in everyday language have become clichés, for example, as quiet as a mouse, as soft as a feather, as green as grass."

A metaphor compares two dissimilar things suggesting that one thing is another, not using the words like or as.

"A famous metaphor is from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, when the character Jaques recites the soliloquy, "All the world's a stage/And all the men and women merely players." 

I am a rainbow (metaphor), bright and shining like the sun (simile)

jbush09 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A simile is a comparison of two things using the words "like" or "as."

For example: He was as big as a house.

The party was like a funeral.

A metaphor is a direct comparison of two things without using "like" or "as."

For example: She is a goddess!

The show was a bomb.

rahulonline | Student

Simile and Metaphor are both classified under

"Figures Based on Similarity" :-


A) SIMILE  :- A simile is the expression of an detailed resemblance between  two objects which are originally dissimilar in nature. The resemblance between those two things must be distinctly stated with "like", "as", "such", "so", etc.

Eg:-The child shows the man, as morning shows the day.(J.Milton)


B) METAPHOR :- By this figure of speech, a word is transferred from the object to which it properly belongs to another object in such a way that a comparison is implied, though not formally expressed. High suggestiveness is a special characteristic of a good metaphor.

Eg:-He is the pillar of his state.


[ Footnote :-   A metaphor differs from a simile only in form and not in substance. The point of resemblance is clearly stated in a simile whereas in a metaphor it is just hinted or implied.

Red as a rose is she   -   Simile

A rose is she               -   Metaphor

A metaphor can be expanded into a simile. Similarly, a simile can be condensed into a metaphor. Hence, a metaphor is an implied simile.  ]


Hope this answers all the doubts --- HAPPY STUDYING  !!!

taangerine | Student

Both simile and metaphor are a figure of speech. But, the simile has 'like' or 'as' when the metaphor does not in order to describe the figure of speech. 

maria-vivanco | Student

Similes and metaphors are very simple but have a major difference and it's that a simile is a comparison between two things using "like" or "as".  

A metaphor is  a figure of speech in which a phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. "“I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression". It is also used as a compassion between two things without using "like" or "as". Another form of a metaphor is when a thing represents something or symbolizes something else especially something abstract. 

shewa55 | Student

In Simile object A is compare to object B and the quality of object B which is C is compared to A.e.g:

Her goodly eyes like sapphires shining bright...

Her cheeks like apple which the sun hath redded,

Her lips like cherries charming men to bite.

                                      Edmund Spenser

object A=eyes

object B=sappers(blue color)

Quality C=shining bright

cleisure | Student

A simile and a metaphor are similar.  They make comparisons.  A simile makes a comparison using the words "like" or "as":  Crazy like a fox.  A metaphor makes a comparison also, but it is more direct and does not use the words "like" or "as":  He was a crazed animal when he saw what had happened.

chloeashton | Student

Simile: A figure of speech which involves a direct comparison between two unlike things, usually with the words "like" or "as"

Metaphor: A figure of speech which involves an implied comparison between two relatively unlike things using a form of be.  The comparison is not announced by "like" or "as"