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Similes from Top AP English Exam Novels

September 20, 2013
In preparation for the AP English Literature and Composition exam, learn the vocabulary from these similes -- taken from popular AP novels. A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared, using "like" or "as."
whimper
"I felt a slight movement against my hand, like a child's breast when it whimpers at the end of a spell of crying"- Invisible Man , Ralph Ellison
doom
"Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches"
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Almighty
"The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the zipper on the fly of the Almighty God" - Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
diabolical
"Bo-Peep" in this sentence refers to a game like "peek-a-boo"
"As I stood idle by Mr. Jagger's fire, it's rising and falling flame made the two casts on the shelf look as if they were playing a diabolical game at bo-peep with me; -Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
snatch
" Oh he was heavy, heavy; heavier than any man on earth...The current snatched him as though he had been a wisp of grass, and I saw the body roll over twice before I lost sight of it for ever." - Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
foliage
"My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees-my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath-a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff-he's always, always in my mind"- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
suspicion
"The duke he never let on he suspicioned what was up , but just went a goo-gooing around, happy and satisfied, like a jug that's googling out buttermilk"-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
impatient
"I asked her to let me think a minute; and she set there, very impatient and excited and handsome, but looking kind of happy and eased-up, like a person that's had a tooth pulled out." - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
baffled
"He moaned to himself like some baffled, prowling beast." -A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
perch
"The men, like shooting stars, slid from the deck, while Ahab, not so rapidly, was dropped from his perch"- Moby Dick, Herman Melvile
troublesome
"You were always there under my feet, like a troublesome cat" -The Awakening, Kate Chopin
protruding
"Those lights of human intelligence losing human expression, gelidly protruding like the alien eyes of certain uncatalogued creatures of the deep." - Billy Budd, Herman Melville
alien
"Those lights of human intelligence losing human expression, gelidly protruding like the alien eyes of certain uncatalogued creatures of the deep." - Billy Budd, Herman Melville

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