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In To Kill A Mockingbird, find examples of personification and metaphors.

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tkm | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2009 at 5:36 PM via web

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, find examples of personification and metaphors.

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 18, 2009 at 3:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Chapter 8 has several metaphors and some personification when she describes the fire at Miss Maudie's house.  One example is when the men arrive to put the fire out.  There are two examples in the following to discuss.

"At the door, we saw fire spewing from Miss Maudie's diningroom windows.  As if to confirm what we saw, the town siren wailed up the scale of a treble pitch and remained there, screaming."

The fire was "spewing," which is more like what water does.  Fire is not in liquid form, so that comparison (metaphor) is the fire and water being compared. 

The second example is personification.  The siren is screaming, which is a human characteristic.

One more example is personification of the fire again. 

"fire silently devoured Miss Maudie's house."

The fire sounds like it's eating the house (as humans would hungrily eat a meal).

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maflye | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM (Answer #2)

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There is so much personification in the book. The very first, and most noticable example in the first few chapters, would be this:

"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it." -chapter 1, page 5

Just to add to any previous answers.


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