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List one example of personification in Act II of Julius Caesar.

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meylawhite | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM via web

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List one example of personification in Act II of Julius Caesar.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Let us remember that personification is when an inanimate object is given human qualities. As such personification is an example of figurative langauge that compares one thing to something else that we would normally not consider it being similar to. If we look at Act II scene 1 of this play, we can see that personfiication is used by Ligarius in his conversation with Brutus to describe the soul of Rome. Note what he says:

Soul of Rome,

Brave son, derived from honourable loins,

Thou, like an exorcist, have conjured up

My mortified spirit.

Here we can see the way in which Ligarius personifies the soul or spirit of Rome as being like a "brave son" who is born into a good family and has the power to call and summon people to do its bidding.

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