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Give an example of personification used in act 5, scene 2, of Hamlet.

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There are many examples of personification in Act V, Scene ii of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Before we get into a few examples, let us look at the definition of 'personification' (provided here by the Oxford University Press): "The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form". Next, we can use the following example (created specifically for our purposes): "the tree slept throughout the cold autumn afternoon, unaware of the chaos surrounding it." In this example, "the tree" is the non-human object. It is given human characteristics by suggesting that it "slept" and is "unaware", with the idea being that a tree neither sleeps nor has awareness as a human being would.

Now, let us look at two examples of personification in Act V, Scene ii of Hamlet:

KING CLAUDIUS: [...] Give me the cups;
And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
The cannons to the heavens, the heavens...

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