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I need examples of personification in Act I of Hamlet with the line number please.
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As you probably know, personification is a type of metaphor that gives human characteristics to a non-human object. Several can be found in the first chapter of Hamlet.
In Act One, Scene One, Line 115, Horatio states that
"The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead / Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;"
Later, in Line 118
"...and the moist star / Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands / Was sick almost to doomsday..."
Still later in Scene One, Line 160, Marcellus responds that
"The bird of dawning singeth all night long, / And then they say no spirit dare stir abroad; / The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, / No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm..."
Shortly after, in Line 166, Horatio replies
"But look the morn in russet mantle clad / Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill."
Posted by bullgatortail on October 7, 2009 at 11:20 PM (Answer #1)
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