Analyze the way in which the buzz saw is characterized in Robert Frost's "Out,out--. Address the relationship between people and their objects of labor...

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The buzz saw in the Robert Frost poem "Out, Out -" is personified, given the characteristics of a living, breathing entity, malevolent, like a beast. The buzz-saw "snarl(s) and rattle(s)...(making) dust and dropp(ing) stove-length sticks of wood." The saw also "(runs) light, or (has) to bear a load;" like a person or a domesticated animal, it works alongside human beings, helping them to do the work necessary to survive.

Although theoretically the humans are in charge of...

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