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The primary purpose of metaphor and simile is to:

A. Provide a poem with rhyming words.

B. Repeat the same sounds.

C. Compare two unlike things.

D. Use personification for description

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Answer: C. Compare two unlike things.

Both metaphor and simile are figures of speech used solely for comparison. Both of these figures of speech are often confused as a result of their similar use. While simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare two objects, metaphor operates on direct comparison. An example of simile is “life is like a bed of roses” while an example of a metaphor is “life is a bed of roses.” In other words, metaphors are entirely rhetorical while similes tend to feel more logical.

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