The attitudes that Julie (or Miyax) has toward nature encourage the use of personification, which means to endow concepts or inanimate objects with human characteristics. This is distinguished from anthropomorphism, which is endowing animate creatures with human characteristics. The author often uses similes, which are comparisons for effect made between unlike things using the words “like” or “as”; through such comparisons, Julie presents the wolves as similar to humans. As the book is rich in sensory—especially visual—imagery, the author uses many metaphors, or direct comparisons for effect between unlike things. Often, these comparisons are between different kinds of natural features or between different sensory impressions.
Personification is used for the sun, describing its motions as “climbing” and “sitting”; the sun “had not climbed up the sky but was still sitting on the horizon.”
In describing the quick movement of the wolves, Julie employs a simile in...
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