Allegory and Simile

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Ray Bradbury

What similes are used in 'There Will Come Soft Rains' by Ray Bradbury?

one is "At four o'clock the tables folded like great butterflies back through the paneled walls. "

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What are the similes in The Ransom of Red Chief?

As flat as a flannel cake, He started up a howl like a calliope and fastened himself as tight as a leach to Bill's leg, A look came in his eye like a rabbit's when you catch it in a trap, and A rock as big as a coconut.

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What is the metaphor about someone who is very smart?

Metaphors used about someone perceived to be very smart might include:

[Name is] a real brain surgeon (provided [Name] isn't a real brain surgeon)

[Name is] a genuine rocket scientist (provided [Name] isn't a genuine rocket scientist)

[Name is] a total Einstein

[Name's] brain's an Apple Mac

[Name's] mind is Intel enhanced (provided the person saying this isn't someone who believes the 'Intel Inside' label is known to technicians as the 'Warning Sticker')

You might also want similes about someone who is very smart? There are quite a few, including:

[Name is] a smart cookie

[Name is] so sharp they'll cut themselves

And, all beginning with As…, as in '[Name] is as…

…bright as a button

…bright as a lightbulb

…clever as [name of someone famous for being very clever] - Einstein, and so on

…clever as a cartload [US: wagonload] of monkeys

…clever as a fox

…cute as a fox

…sharp as a [very sharp thing] - tack, razor, or other sharp instrument

…smart as [name of someone famous for being smart] - Einstein, and so on

…smart as a whip

These could all lose the 'As…', and be expressed '[Name is] bright like a lightbulb'; '[Name is] cute like a fox', and so on.

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What other words mean clean?

The words sanitary, hygienic, and uncontaminated mean clean.

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Simon & Garfunkel

What is the meaning of the lyrics Sound of Silence?

For the meaning of this song, you may wish to consider the introduction by Art Garfunkel in this early live performance on YouTube at the Related Link.

Also note the original title is "Sounds" not "Sound" of Silence. (later renamed)

"The Sound of Silence" was first released on Simon and Garfunkel's initial album, "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM." The album sold only two thousand copies. After watching their album sink, Simon and Garfunkel parted ways; however this was not the end of their career together. Without their knowledge, Simon and Garfunkel's recording company had Bob Johnson rework the song with electric guitar, bass, and drums. With these changes, the song became an instant hit and soon climbed to the top of the charts. Simon and Garfunkel rejoined and quickly became one of, if not the, greatest duos of all time.

But behind the song's beautiful melodies and enjoyable rhythm is a deep message within the lyrics that has been interpreted in many different ways. I have read and heard many people's opinions. Some of them are a little abstract and others seem believable. One fellow said it was merely about a man dreaming of neon lights revealing numerous people bowing to him as if he were a god. Another stated it was a song regarding the lack of communication between people. These interpretations may or may not be correct; however I have a different perception of "The Sound of Silence."

I personally believe this song portrays a vision or dream that Paul Simon had. The lines, "Because a vision softly creeping,/Left its seeds while I was sleeping" lead me to believe that he had a dream. Yet perhaps it is highly possible he never had a dream or vision or anything of the sort but merely used this image to get a point across. Yet the message of this song lies in the contents of his dream.

Paul Simon seeks to convey a message of how ignorance taints the minds of so many people. "Silence" refers to submission. He reveals how people so foolishly follow rulers without actually knowing a ruler's true intentions and background. "People hearing without listening" reveals a people's willingness to take heed to the commands spoken by a leader without fully realizing the consequences of this obedience.

Simon, or whomever is having this dream, tries to warn these conformists in the lines that read "'Fools' said I, "You do not know/ Silence like a cancer grows/ Hear my words that I might teach you,/ Take my arms that I might reach you."" But his warning is swallowed in the abyss of submission: "But my words like silent raindrops fell,/And echoed/In the wells of silence."

This song may refer to a particular nation or people, but most likely it refers to people in general who submit themselves too freely. The song continues to describe the people's capitulation in several lines, most notably in the words, "And the people bowed and prayed/To the neon god they made." The song's meaning is for the listener to decide and there are many different ideas; however, I personally have always believed that it pertains to a people's readiness to support a leader without fully realizing the possible outcomes

An alternative interpretation is one of the neon sign in the dream being the Television medium personified (or deity-fied[sic]). This would explain the 'people talking without speaking' and 'hearing without listening' lyrics - as one who is observing people watching television as an unnatural phenomenon would have a hard time reconciling the observed conversation without any active participation by the viewer. Also the 'writing songs..' lyric is not as form fitting here but it is somewhat foreign in the song itself and may be a songwriter's (in this case Simon's) translation for a message especially an original one which will never be entertained by the T.V.'s captive audience. Also, the neon glow from the 'sign' goes on to further parallel the light properties of the T.V. supporting this comparison

Finally the 'words of the prophet are written on the subway walls and tenement halls.." This is a bit more deductive. There is a train of thought that a "prophet is not recognized in his own house", which is another issue on itself, but I think this lyric implies that the true prophets are living in Subways and Tenements There is also a hint of the 'read the writing on the wall' saying which is generally a call to face reality, which either way you view the lyric the "neon god" defers truth and possibly power to the words on the walls and halls. Graffiti-esque literature is what you indeed find on those specific walls and halls. Ironically or not those without a 'voice' in society are the ones who use this dissemination of information for self expression, i.e. "crack is wack" murals. I interpret this then to mean look to the people with no voice (or 'silenced'?) to hear the truth/prophecy. As we recall the dreamer or Simon was him/herself one of those people without a voice silenced by the crowd.

So I think that a holistic universal meaning to the song is one that we are searching for (truth, guidance) and it is already right under our noses. We walk by the truth (on subway walls and tenement halls) everyday and take no note but rather we construct elaborate gods and complicated idols to interpret a reality we are, by definition, already in tune with. The title of the song itself seems to me to reflect that paradox.

I am aware Simon in an NPR interview has admitted there was no profoundly deep meaning to the lyrics when he wrote them. He said he was possibly expressing teenage angst and frustration as to how they are largely ignored by society, however, my interpretation I think is one to give clarity to the stream of consciousness with analogous symbols (where I didn't ramble too much) and largely holds true to that theme.

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The Difference Between

Is 'The old man's hair was as white as snow' a metaphor or a simile?

It is a simile because it uses the word an. Haha, I had the excact same question on my grammer worksheet in school. \ /

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Fast as lightning is it a metaphor or similie?

It is a simile, they use like or as. Like many similes, you could convert it to a metaphor: "In the ring, his hands became bolts of lightning."

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Simile for 'as long as'?

Here's a good compilation of long things!

As long as the Nile River...

As long as a marathon

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What is a simile in Ozymandias?

There is not use of simile in the poem Ozymandias.

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What is a simile for moon?

The moon is like a loyal star shining overhead, always present if not always seen.

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The Difference Between

What is the difference between simile and metaphor?

A SIMILE is a phrase that describes something in comparison to the characteristics of something else, usually using the words like or as.

Some examples:

He is as sneaky as a weasel.

A book is like a good meal.

Her teeth are like pearls.

A METAPHOR directly compares two things which may be quite different, because one has a characteristic that is similar to the other. It usually uses linking verbs such as is, are, was or were.

Some examples:

That guy is such a snake in the grass.

Her eyes were glowing coals.

That linebacker is a mountain.

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Similes for beach on a sunny day?

The sun was as hot as an oven

The sand was as soft as a pillow.

It was as fun as (your favorite thing).

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Teeth are to hen as nest is to?

Teeth are to hen as nest is to mare.

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What are similes for society?

Society is:

as complex as a rubric

as ignorant as an inbred goat

a term we use to describe collective action, much as a wolf delineates a certain howl to call to her pack

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What is the simile for long?

One is:

As long as the Mississippi River

Hope this is some help to you. :)

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What are some similes for body parts?

She has lips as red as rubies.

His eyes are as black as night.

Her eyes are as blue as the ocean.

Her waist is as skinny as a flagpole.

Her hair shines like the sun.

The athlete's legs are as strong as tree trunks.

Her skin is as soft as velvet.

His feet are as big as boats.

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Crazy Horse

Crazy flasher 3 password?

Answer

What you can do is when your at the shop, right-click and press play. Keep Pressin until the screen in th shop is blank. Press one more time and it will say you won a battle. It will Say Your Money NaN.

i need the password i dont need the money

Password : I love Andy and bbplayer.net!

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Personification

What does ff stand for on cars?

i think the first f is for front engine and seconde f is for front wheel drive.

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What is a good simile for lips?

Smileing 4 lips, Means ur a good kisser

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What is a simile of death?

1.like a corpse

2.as still as a corpse

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What is a good simile for the word flexible?

As flexible as a willow twig.

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How are similes effective?

it helps the reader to have a better picture of whatever you are doing you're similie on.

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Types of Grasses

What is a simile for grass?

gggg

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Trees
Tree Care

What are some similes for trees?

i am groot

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The Difference Between

What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?

A SIMILE is a phrase that describes something in comparison to the characteristics of something else, using the words as or like.

Examples: Her hands were as cold as ice. His beard was like sandpaper.

A METAPHOR directly compares two things, which may be quite different, because one has a characteristic that is similar to the other.

Examples: All the world is a stage. The inside of the car was a furnace. His memory of the event was foggy.

Sometimes metaphors compare actions and adjectives by their effect.

Examples : He was boiling mad. You are the sunshine of my life. The truth was hard to swallow.

In many cases, a metaphor is an idiomatic expression when it suggests an improbable action, e.g It was raining cats and dogs. He was rolling in dough.

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