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What are some examples of personification in The Most Dangerous Game?

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jayboi1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2012 at 12:22 AM via web

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What are some examples of personification in The Most Dangerous Game?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Personification is the giving of human characteristics to non-human/non-living things. An example of personification is: the wind screams at me. Here, the wind is given the capability to scream at the speaker. Wind cannot scream and, therefore, it is personified.

In Richard Connell's short story, The Most Dangerous Game, there are many examples of personification.

1. "Trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht" is an example of personification based upon the fact that the night is pressing itself (its warm thick blackness") on the yacht. Darkness cannot press itself upon something. Therefore, it is personified in the text.

2. "Who cares how a jaguar feels?" "Perhaps the jaguar does," observed Whitney. Here, the jaguar is given the ability to care. This, therefore, is an example of personification based upon the fact that the jaguar is given (or assumed to possess) the ability to care.

3. "A sharp hunger was picking at him." This is another example of personification given that hunger is able to "pick" at Rainsford. Hunger cannot "pick" at someone. Therefore, it is personified by being given the ability to do so.


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allie344 | TA | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM (Answer #3)

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Here are some examples of personification, the definition of which is listed in the above answer, from A Most Dangerous Game. 

1. "The wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face"

Obviously a wave cannot truly slap a man across the face but in this case the wave is being given the human attribute of the power to slap with a physical body part.

2. "The muttering and growling of the sea breaking upon the shore"

Not only can the sea not mutter and growl, those are purely human/animal traits, the sea itself cannot actually break as a piece of china or such could.

3. "Night was beginning to settle down on the island."

Night, an intangible object, cannot settle down as could a physical being who can choose a specific place to rest or stay put.

4. "Sleep did not visit Rainsford"

Sleep, an inhuman state of consciousness is being compared to one with the capacity to physically be in the vicinity of another.

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