View Full Version : Lesson #3: Usage of Simile and Metaphor in Writing

Mar 12, 2008, 11:12 AM
Today, we will talk about OPPOSITE simile. The usage of opposite simile is somewhat similar to regular simile but with a little twist or sarcasm. When using opposite simile, you will contrast the two ideas instead of making it parallel to each other.

Example: The water is as clear as mud.
Example: She is as ugly as Cinderella.
Example: The cookie is soft like a brick.


Some examples excerpt to look at:

Example 1:

The CPU is the central hub of the computer. Its ports are the gateways through which it may communicate with the rest of the computer. Among these many ports, are ones that allow you to travel the many lanes of the information superhighway. One is wise to have their computer protected by a firewall, which is a protective shell that prevents unwanted bugs from being planted in your computer by hackers. This is give some computers less room to move around in, as much space is needed for the computer to pin up virtual "Wanted - Dead or Alive" posters. As you surf the net, you may run into a few boundaries where a password will be required. The password is your key to such things as e-mail or online banking. When you are finished surfing, it is wise to close your browser window and empty your cache. This is lighten the load on your CPU, so you can do other tasks - such as copying files - without the burden of your travels weighing down the processor.

Example 2:

Cells process chemicals in much the same way as computers process data - breaking down longer chemical chains and rearranging and reconstructing them like so many bytes in a CPU. The ports of a cell can be opened by electroporation to allow us to edit programming, stored on the DNA, in a process common to genetic engineers. Antibodies are the firewall of the cell, preventing recognized threats from smuggling unwanted materials into the system. Parts of a molecule can be recognized by a cell as if a password; an "open sesame" often used by cunning hackers, such as HIV. If a cell learns a new threat, it will store its "image" on part of its "hard drive", as if a cellular "Wanted" poster. When the cell makes a copy of itself, it goes through a process that ensures no bits of data are lost.

Example 3:

"...This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds". But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation."

- Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" on August 28, 1963.

- Is there anyone courageous enough to write few sentences using simile and metaphor?

- mmm_good1 :tam:.