The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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Identify personification in The House on Mango Street.

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Personification is a figure of speech that authors use to give animals, ideas, or things human attributes.  In other words, non-human things are portrayed in a way that makes readers think that object is capable of acting human. 

Early in The House on Mango Street, the narrator is describing the house.  She tells readers the following information. 

It's small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small you'd think they were holding their breath.

In this line, the windows of the house are compared to a human with lungs that is holding his/her breath.  The line creates an image of a person straining to let air in and out his/her body.  The house's windows are so small that air strains to do the same thing for the house. 

On page 88 of my text, there is another good example of personification.  It's at the start of the chapter titled "Beautiful and Cruel."  

My mother says when I get...

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