Personification In To Kill A Mockingbird

What examples of personification and/or metaphors can be found in Chapter 5 of To Kill A Mockingbird?

The only ones I can find are similes, but what I need help on finding right now are metaphors and personification. Thanks!

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schulzie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A metaphor is a comparison of two UNLIKE objects without using the words "like" or "as".  For example: That lady is a picture of beauty.  In this sentence a lady is being compared to a picture.  These are two UNLIKE objects. 

In chapter five, Scout spends a good amount of time with Miss Maudie.  Miss Maudie tells Scout about "foot-washing Baptists", people who are strict Baptists. She tells Scout,

"Thing is, foot-washers think women are a sin by definition." (pg 45)

This compares women to sin, two UNLIKE objects.

Personification gives human qualities to inanimate objects.  An example would be: The sun smiled down on me that morning.  The sun, an object, is given a human quality, smiling.

When Miss Maudie tells Scout about Boo Radley, she says,

"No child, this is a sad house." (pg 45)

The house is given a human quality of being sad. 

The page numbers are from my book.  However, you should find the quotes somewhere close to that page.

bunny1130 | Student

Chapter 8 has a metaphor and apersonification when there is a fire at Miss Maudie's house.  One example is when the men arrive to put the fire out:

"At the door, we saw fire spewing from Miss Maudie's diningroom windows.  As if to confirm what we saw, the town siren wailed up the scale of a treble pitch and remained there, screaming."

The fire was "spewing," which is more like what water does.  Fire is not in liquid form, so that comparison (metaphor) is the fire and water being compared.

The second example is personification.  The siren is screaming, which is a human characteristic.

One more example is personification of the fire again:

"fire silently devoured Miss Maudie's house."

The fire sounds like it's eating the house (as humans would hungrily eat a meal).


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