Similes and Metaphors

A simile is a comparison using words such as “like” or “as”.  A metaphor is a comparison that does not use such words–it simply states that one thing is another.


  • In Frozen, Elsa sings:  “I’ll rise like the break of dawn!”
  • In Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Potts sings of a “tale as old as time.”
  • In One Hundred and One Dalmations, Cruella DaVille is “like a spider waiting for the kill.”
  • In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch is “cuddly as a cactus, as charming as an eel.”
  • In Snow White, Snow White sings that “life is just like a bright sunny day.”
  • In Mulan, we hear “tranquil as the forest…”
  • Miley Cyrus sings that “I came in like a wrecking ball…”


  • Katy Perry sings, “baby, you’re a firework…”
  • Miley Cyrus sings “there’s always going to be another mountain, there’s always going to be an uphill battle…”
  • Adam Levine sings “My heart’s a stereo..”
  • In Ratatouille, the main character says “My hope is a banquet.” 
  • In Cinderella, the characters sing that “a dream is a wish your heart makes….”. 
  • In “Red,” Taylor Swift sings, “Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street…”
  • Justin Bieber sings in “Gravity, “You’re pulling me in like gravity…”