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Written by Jody Perry
Simile : Chapter One, Wet Carpet
"He looked like a big piece of old brown carpet that had been left out in the rain."
When Opal first meets Winn-Dixie he is in very bad shape and has clearly been fending for himself a long time. The simile compares his fur to an old carpet as he has chunks where there is more for than others, much like the way a carpet wears with more or less thread still on it, and when carpet is left in the rain it has a sodden, moldy smell, again similar to the odor coming from Winn-Dixie.
Simile : Chapter Four, Bug Under A Microscope
"She couldn't stand having the ladies at church judge what she was wearing and what she was cooking and how she was singing. She said it made her feel like a big under a microscope."
Opal's father uses this simile whilst explaining to Opal why her mother hates being a preacher's wife. She felt picked apart and looked at far to much not out of friendship but out of a sense of passing judgement, so that she was being studied for scientific assessment rather than glanced at out of interest.
Metaphor : Chapter Four, Turtle Shell
"I could see him pulling his old turtle head back into his stupid turtle shell."
The preacher reminds Opal of a turtle who retreats back into his shell whenever a subject comes up that he does not want to talk about, or when he is choosing not to see something that is happening in front of him. Usually it is in relation to Opal's mother which is why Opal finds it frustrating.
Simile : Chapter Eleven, Bowling Ball
"He just stood there, and Winn-Dixie came battling right toward him like he was a bowling ball and the preacher was the only pin left standing."
This simile describes Winn-Dixie during a thunder storm as he comes out of the room with such force and in a straight line that he is like a well aimed bowling ball about to strike her father with extreme force for a perfect score.
Simile : Chapter Twenty-One, Wild Animal
"I talked to him real soft and gentle and low,like he was a wild animal that I was trying to get to take food out of my hand."
Otis is very shy and almost too frightened to follow Opal into the party so she has to try to coax him to come for the food in the same way animal whispered will try to lead a wild animal who is scared but interested in following.
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In the novel's opening, we see a little girl who loves her father from a distance, she describes him as something of a turtle, "hiding all the time inside his shell" (p. 67). By the end of the novel, the two have forged a closer relationship, as...