What are some similes in chapter 10 of To Kill A Mockingbird?

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A simile is a comparison between two typically unlike things (using either "like" or "as" to create the comparison). For example, the sun is like a golden coin is a simile because it compares the sun to a coin. Another example, this time using "as"," is: she face is as bright as the sun. Here, a girl's face is being compared to the sun.

In regards to chapter ten, of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, three similes can be found.

"Jem gulped like a goldfish." Here, Jem's gulping is compared to the gulping of a goldfish.

"We could see him shiver like a horse shedding flies." Here, Tim Johnson, the rabid dog, action of shivering is being compared to that of a horse.

"He walked quickly, but I thought he moved like an underwater swimmer." Here, Atticus' pace towards Tim Johnson is being described as slow--like the pace of a swimmer underwater.

That said, one cannot simply look for the words "like" or "as" to find a simile. Sometimes, the words are used as descriptives (meaning they are describing something and not being used in a comparison).

For example, “Atticus is a gentleman, just like me" is not a simile. Jem is not comparing himself to something; instead, he is describing himself as a gentleman.



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