The detective listened to her tales with a wooden face.
The expression on the detective’s face is being compared to wood.
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Why is the metaphor effective?
Hard Unchanging Unresponsive
The use of the word wooden to describe the detective’s face, suggests that s/he is silently and unresponsively listening to the woman. Along with the use of the word “tales” to describe her story, the “wooden face” suggests the detective’s hard attitude and mistrust.
Read the following examples and recreate and complete the chart in your notes for three similes of your choice.
Examples of Simile
“Food?” Chris inquired, popping out of his seat like a toaster strudel.
Grandpa lounged on the raft in the middle of the pool like an old battleship.
If seen from above the factory, the workers would have looked like clock parts.
The truth was like a bad taste on his tongue.
The people who still lived in the town were stuck in place like wax statues.
Cassie talked to her son about girls as though she were giving him tax advice.
The simile works well, because the topic of the conversation actually revolves around food. Comparing Chris’s enthusiasm to a toaster strudel shows how he is not focused on quality food, but anything quick and sweet. The choice of a convenience food as a simile suggests that Chris is young and busy so it communicates something about his character.