In “English class” I’ve taught lessons on literary comparisons, the classic two examples of which are the simile and the metaphor. You remember them, right? A simile compares two things using the words “like” or “as,” (“My luve is like a red, red rose…” Burns) while a metaphor compares two things usually with only a linking verb (“All the world’s a stage…” Shakespeare)
Melville does a masterful job of giving us examples of similes in Chapter 134. He is describing the whaling boats’ collision and says, “…the odorous cedar chips of the wrecks danced round and round, like the grated nutmeg in a swiftly stirred bowl of punch.” Love it! As if we could top that comparison, he proceeds to give us another great simile two pages later, where Ahab, speaking of himself, decrying his loss of a limb says, “Ye see an old man cut down to the stump;…Tis Ahab – his body’s part; but Ahab’s soul’s a centipede, that moves upon a hundred legs.”
Did anyone pick up any other good similes along the journey? How about metaphors?