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In chapter 4, what literary term is used in the following quotation: "The sun gazed...

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piggy4life | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 15, 2009 at 3:24 AM via web

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In chapter 4, what literary term is used in the following quotation: "The sun gazed down like an angry eye"?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 15, 2009 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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The literary term used is personification.  Personification occurs when any non-human thing takes on the qualities of a human or "person."  This example shows the sun gazing down.  The sun doesn't really have eyes like we do to gaze.  It also doesn't have emotions like we do to feel "angry."  So the sun is being personified here in this quotation.  It gives the reader the feeling that the sun is unrelenting and harsh.  It must be very hot and the sun's intensity is quite high.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 15, 2009 at 4:04 AM (Answer #2)

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In addition to personification of the sun, this type of figurative language is also anthropomorphism (attribution of human characteristics to a non-human object, such as a force of nature). It is, further, a simile (direct comparison of two objects using the word "like" or "as").

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