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Explain where a simile, metaphor, or personification exists in the phrase below."Now...

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bellcheyenne14 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:13 AM via web

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Explain where a simile, metaphor, or personification exists in the phrase below.

"Now when the young Dawn showed again with her rosy fingers, . . ."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM (Answer #1)

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In assessing what different examples of figurative language are located in the phrase, I think that some basic distinction is needed.  The tools of comparative language located in the simile and metaphor is dependent on the use of "like" or "as" in the comparison in the case of the former.  The latter will feature a much stronger comparison as these words are absent.  The personification will involve an object being the recipient of human- like behavior.  With these in mind, the "dawn" is personified through the use of "showed again with her rosy fingers."  This is personification because "dawn" is given the ability to "show" again and "her rosy fingers."  These are normally human characteristics are done so in order to give a sense of life to that which is inanimate.  There is no use of simile or metaphor because the personification is what is controlling the imagery in the clause.  A similar of this sentence would be something to indicate that the dawn pointed, "as if she had rosy fingers."  The personification makes the comparison much stronger than the simile or metaphor would.

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