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Please give two examples of personification in the Cyclops section from The Odyssey.

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samanthanoel | Student, Grade 9

Posted November 1, 2010 at 5:05 AM via web

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Please give two examples of personification in the Cyclops section from The Odyssey.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 1, 2010 at 6:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Being a 9th grader, and the fact that you cite "The Cyclops", I bet you are reading The Odyssey as a translation from your literature book. In that section, there are several instances of personification but this one is the best:

When Dawn spread out her fingertips of rose / the rams began to stir, moving for pasture. (line 388)

Dawn is a time of day, it doesn't have fingertips - thus we have personification. I think this shows the time of day when day begins and slowly but surely reaches across the land just like a hand.

Dawn is cited again, lines later:

When the young Dawn with fingertips of rose touched the world, I roused the men.  (line 519)

A final example for you is in line 372:

death sat there huge;

Death cannot sit. Thus, personification.

 

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