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Personification Examples

Personification is a figurative language technique where an object or idea is given human characteristics or qualities. In other words, using our language, we make an object or idea do something that usually is only done by people. With personification speakers and writers make the object or idea like a person and, hence, they personify it. Personification is often confused with anthropomorphism, where human abilities and characteristics are given to animals (such as in fable, where animals talk and behave as humans do) but the term "personification" should not be applied to human-like behavior in animals.

1. Justice is blind and, at times, deaf.
2. Money is the only friend that I can count on.
3. The cactus saluted any visitor brave enough to travel the scorched land.
In the first example we have a metaphor (because life is being directly compared to a journey. The second and third examples are personifications and this is illustrated by the fact that both examples include 'like' or 'as'.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. -Matthew 6:24
Meaning: Here, riches are likened to a master. Many people strive very hard to gain riches and in this way they become their master. Jesus is here telling us that we cannot do that and serve God acceptably at the same time. The teaching is simple and effective, but no-one assumes from this that riches is a man named Mammon.
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My computer hates to do my homework.
Meaning: I have problems when I try to complete my homework on the computer.
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Personification Meaning
What is a personification?
A personification is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things, for example, "her cheeks are like roses" or "his heart is hard as stone". A personification is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another of a different kind, as an illustration or an ornament e.g. brave as a lion..
Personification ExamplesThis illustrates a personification directly comparing life with riding a bicycle using the word "like". To keep your life balanced you must keep moving just as you would riding a bicycle.