The novel uses many similes to describe things in interesting or sometimes even amusing ways. For example, the simile “Miss Rachel went off like the town fire siren: ‘Do-o-o Jee-sus, Dill Harris!’ ” (p.61) shows that Rachel’s exclamation was shrill and sudden and most likely startled the nearby people.
Another humorous simile is the compliment Atticus pays Mrs. Dubose: “ ‘You look like a picture this evening!’ ” (p. 111). While the phrase is meant to imply that Mrs. Dubose looks beautiful, Scout makes the compliment sound amusing by remarking: “I never heard Atticus say like a picture of what” (p.111). This comment shows that Scout does not understand the simile is meant to imply beauty, as in her eyes, Mrs. Dubose is not beautiful.
A simile that is used to provide an interesting description is used when Atticus finds out Jem destroyed Mrs. Dubose’s flowers: “ ‘Jem!’ His voice was like the winter wind” (p. 115). In this example, the simile shows Atticus’ tone was cold, serious, and hard, which reveals that he was angry.