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What examples of personification are found in the book "Pride and Prejudice"?

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Posted March 3, 2009 at 5:01 AM via web

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What examples of personification are found in the book "Pride and Prejudice"?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 3, 2009 at 9:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Austen does not focus on personification, but she does use this technique in her great novel. One of my favorite examples comes in the first page or so of the novel, when Mr. Bennett says, "You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends…"

There is a more subtle example, more representative of Austen (and Lizzy's wit) in Chapter IV: "He is also handsome,'' replied Elizabeth, "which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete.''

This makes good looks seem representative of will, which personifies it ever so gracefully.

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