How to Differentiate Between a Simile & an Allusion

Examples of Allusion and Similes

Describing a character as being "honest like Abe Lincoln" is an allusion used to emphasize the character's honesty by comparing him to a historical figure known for his honesty. "Like" and "as" are key words in a simile. "Her eyes glistened like the noon day sun" is a simile. It strengthens the point that the character has beautiful eyes by comparing them to the glistening sun.

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