"He caught another brace of men to make his breakfast." Is this a metaphor, simile, or personification?

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This example is a metaphor, as a brace refers to a pair of animals shot during hunting. An example of how one might use the word "brace" is "the hunter brought back a brace of grouse." The example in the question applies the idea of catching a brace to catching a pair of people to make breakfast, meaning that someone found two men to make a meal for him.

A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as." This example is not a simile, which is a comparison that uses the words "like" or "as." Personification involves making something inanimate or inhuman into something that has human qualities. The example in the prompt is in a way the reverse of personification, as it endows humans with non-human qualities, likening them to animals.

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In this quote from The Odyssey, the Cyclops has eaten another brace of Odysseus's men. A brace usually refers to game, such as rabbits or pheasants, and means "two." Therefore, the Cyclops has eaten two more of Odysseus's men.

To figure out what "brace of men" is, we first need to define metaphor, simile, and personification. A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words like or as. A simile is a comparison that uses the words like or as. Personification is attributing human characteristics to an animal or object.

We can count out simile, as the words like or as do not appear in the sentence. The statement is also not attributing human traits to a non-human object; in fact, it does the opposite. It compares human beings to game animals by referring to them as a brace. Therefore, this sentence contains a metaphor.

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"Brace" is a term often used to describe two or more rabbits, grouse, etc. That would be comparing men to animals, which is a metaphor.

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