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					             Metaphor Vs Similes Info and Assignment
A metaphor is an equation where a simile is an approximation. A simile - to be like something - is to retain
some difference that means one can never fully substitute the other. On the other hand, a metaphor actually
is a substitution - it is an equation in principle.

Sim·i·le: A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase
introduced by like or as. A good book is like a good meal; a simile suggesting that a book may be as
mentally nourishing and satisfying as a meal.

Met·a·phor: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to
designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world's a
stage”

Sometimes, we will build both a metaphor and a simile from the same parts, showing how incredibly close
these two literary devices are. Compare "a car is like a cell: it travels along a vessel of asphalt" with "a car
is a cell...". When building a simile, it helps to keep it clearly removed from a metaphor: "...clouds like
cotton candy..." is clearly a simile.

Typically, if you need to explain it, it's probably a simile; if it makes instant sense to someone, it's probably
a metaphor.

Your turn. You decide which is a metaphor and which is a simile.

1) Love is like oxygen: not enough and you're gonna' die.
(from the song "Love Is Like Oxygen) by the Electric Light Orchestra.)


2) I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed.
(from the song "The Rose" by Bette Midler)


3) Television, the drug of the nation...
(from the song of the same name, by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy)


4) Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs,
(from the song "Unanswered Prayers", by Garth Brooks.)


5) See how they run - like pigs from a gun...
(from the song "I Am The Walrus", by The Beatles)


Your assignment. Find four metaphors and two similes in any television show, movie, book, or a song.
Record the following information. Be sure to follow the examples.

The metaphor: List the metaphor here
The definition: In a simple phrase define the metaphor
The source: List where you heard this metaphor and give the media’s proper name
The real evidence: Briefly explain the real-world information that makes this metaphor make sense.
Explain the parts of the metaphor
The metaphor explanation: Explain the connection and make the metaphor make sense for those who may
not “get it”.
An extended metaphor: Create a new metaphor that works with the provided metaphor
        The metaphor: Couch Potato
        The definition: Couch potato = lazy person.
        The source: The television show, “Family Guy”
        The real evidence: A potato, which is buried in the comfort and providence of soil and to which
        the only escape from its lifestyle is death. Covered in eyes, but without a brain or muscle, the
        potato is snuggled and unmotivated. A couch is furniture that makes it possible for comfortable
        rest.
        The metaphor explanation: A lazy person buries themselves in the cushions of a couch (sofa,
        chesterfield, La-Z-Boy) in safe, sedentary comfort, "vegging out" mindlessly in front of the TV,
        eyes in a fixed, submissive stare. A couch potato never leaves the home, and cannot be motivated,
        having everything nearby so they never have to move.
        A new metaphor: A comfortable sofa is fertile soil for the couch potato.

The simile: List the simile here
The definition: In a simple phrase define the simile
The source: List where you heard this simile and give the media’s proper name

        The simile: Chevy Trucks are like a rock
        The explanation: Both are tough and durable
        The source: Commercial from television




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