A simile is a comparison that uses "like" or "as" to connect two different objects or ideas. These are some of the easiest comparisons to spot, as you can look to those two words as markers. William Pene du Bois uses this type of comparison to describe the island’s volcano, as Sherman and the children fly over it in the Merry-Go-Round:
It was like looking into a horrible pit full of elephants (124).
In fact, this page also contains an example of personification, which applies human characteristics to non-human entities:
There was a thick gray smoke crawling around inside (124).
Smoke does not literally crawl or have the ability to crawl, as this is a human function. Assigning this term to the smoke indicates its speed and behavior in order to create the image in the reader's mind.
A metaphor is also a comparison, but it compares two objects directly, without using “like” or “as.” These are...
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