Lord Ullin's Daughter

by Thomas Campbell

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How is pathletic fallacy used in rain and Lord Ullin's tears in "Lord Ullin's Daughter" by Thomas Campbell? 

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A pathetic fallacy is the attribution of human emotions to parts of nature. Before  Lord Ullin's daughter and her beloved drown while fleeing across the loch, tempests, or storms, gather around the loch. The wind is blowing fiercely, and the seas are turning rough. The storms are a reflection of the emotional storms brewing for Lord Ullin's daughter and her lover as they flee the potential wrath of her father and head into the white-capped waters of the stormy loch. The night is dark, which is a reflection of the darkness and tragedy that awaits the lovers. When Lord Ullin travels across the loch and arrives on the other shore, he finds his daughter drowned. The rain is a personification of the tears that Lord Ullin sheds upon discovering his dead daughter.

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