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I need examples of personification in Act I of Hamlet with the line number please.

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muffin420 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2009 at 5:22 PM via web

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I need examples of personification in Act I of Hamlet with the line number please.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:20 PM (Answer #1)

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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."

 

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