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Sentence Models for Writing with Style
Similes from The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
Analysis Key

     The imagination required to use this sentence as a model should delight creative students--and frustrate those with analytical minds (like mine).

The Arkenstone was {like a globe} [#1] {with a thousand facets}; | it shone {like

silver} {in the firelight}, {like water} {in the sun}, {like snow} {under the stars},

{like rain} {upon the Moon}! |

1. The phrase "like a globe" can be described as adverbial to "was" and/or a predicate adjective to "Arkenstone." The embedded phrases in the second main clause ("in the firelight," "in the sun," "under the stars," and "upon the Moon") must be seen as adjectival to the preceding nouns. [The Arkenstone is not "in the firelight," etc. Note that each of these embeddings is a reduction of a subordinate clause:
It shone,
like silver *shines* in the firelight,
like water *shines* in the sun,
like snow *shines* under the stars,
like rain "shines" upon the Moon!