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  • Similes in The Big Sleep

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    Similes in The Big Sleep In response to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, I have just one question. Why all the similes? There isn't a single page in the novel that doesn't display this annoying literary device. Everything is "like this" or "like that." It never ends! Similar to decoding a secret message that isn't difficult to understand, but nevertheless tiring due to the overwhelming amount of messages, the novel is frustrating to read. The following analysis acknowledges Chandler's

  • Similes in Homer's Iliad

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    An Examination of Similes in the Iliad - and how Homer's Use of Them Affected the Story In the Iliad, Homer finds a great tool in the simile. Just by opening the book in a random place the reader is undoubtedly faced with one, or within a few pages. Homer seems to use everyday activities, at least for the audience, his fellow Greeks, in these similes nearly exclusively. When one is confronted with a situation that is familiar, one is more likely to put aside contemplating the topic and simply inject

  • Similes In Harlem Poem

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    disregarded in life. The author’s specific uses of similes and metaphors allows for interpretation by his readers regarding the main idea behind his poem, and in this essay I will examine how these literary techniques help to ameliorate the author’s meaning. The use of similes in “Harlem” creates a serious mood and emphasizes the theme. In the beginning of the poem the author asks a question about what will happen to a dream when deferred. The simile...

  • The Use of Similes in Auto Wreck

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    The Use of Similes in  Auto Wreck In his poem Auto Wreck (p. 1002), Karl Shapiro uses carefully constructed similes to cause the events he relates to become very vivid and also to create the mood for the poem. To describe the aftermath, especially in people's emotions, of an automobile accident, he uses almost exclusively medical or physiological imagery. This keeps the reader focused and allows the similes used to closely relate to the subject of the poem. Three main similes used are arterial

  • Analysis of Similes in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse

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    Analysis of Similes in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse `Thoughts are made of pictures.' Our consciousness may be visualized as a photomontage of simultaneous impressions, mostly visual, according to poet John Ciardi (238). In verbalizing conscious experience, authors tend to use metaphor and simile to create images that, like words, possess both denotation, visual identification, and connotation, an emotional aura (Ciardi 239). In To the Lighthouse, by my count, Virginia Woolf employs

  • Repetition, Diction, and Simile in Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing

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    Repetition, Diction, and Simile in Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing In Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Crossing, there is a dramatic sequence described by the narrator.  The author uses many different techniques to convey the impact of the experience on the narrator.  Some of these such techniques are: repetition, diction, and simile. Of the aforementioned techniques, the most obvious is repetition.  The author uses the word “and” a total of thirty-three times.  However, the simple usage of the

  • Examples Of Similes In The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock

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    itself and Eliot’s use of different literary elements further elevate his main idea. Throughout The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot utilizes a number of metaphors and similes in a way that give insight into Prufrock’s fragmented view of love, time, and life itself. Throughout the poem, Eliot uses a number of similes to reveal different parts of Prufrock’s character and internal dilemma. An example of this is seen in lines 1-3 when Eliot writes, “Let us go then, you and I, when the evening

  • Iago’s Use of Tone and Simile to Deceive Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello

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    Iago’s Use of Tone and Simile to Deceive Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello The greatest and best villains in literature are those who possess the ability to manipulate others in order to further their own causes. In Othello, Iago has the insight and tact to manipulate the other characters, such as Cassio, Roderigo, Desdemona, and in this case, Othello. The methods by which Iago works the other characters are varied, and one prime example of his cunning ability to manipulate can be seen in Act

  • Similes In The Iliad

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    October 2014 Homer’s Use of Similes and the Impact on an Unsuspecting Audience Epic similes are perhaps the greatest tool that Homer utilizes in the Iliad. It seems as if it would be possible to find a simile within just a few pages of the book if opened to a random chapter. There is a noticeable pattern Homer employs which involves using everyday Greek activities in these similes in order to make them more relatable to his audience. When the Greeks hear an epic simile that uses something familiar

  • Essay On Similes In The Iliad

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    Similes are used by Homer within the Iliad to induce pathos by contrasting the unnatural bestiality of battle with vivid imagery from the natural world. The innocence of nature within the smilies not only allows for a break from the endless grim of war, but also increases the connectability of the epic. Not everyone, even during the historical time period the Iliad was composed in, experienced war. Therefore, the comparison of war to something common, like nature, allows the audience to connect