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by Charles Dickens

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What is an example of personification in Oliver Twist?

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An example of personification is "Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them" (Ch. 1).

Personification is when you describe something inanimate or not human as if it were a person or had human-like qualities.  One of my favorite examples of personification from Oliver Twist occurs in the very beginning.

Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them. The result was, that, after a few struggles, Oliver breathed, sneezed, and proceeded to advertise to the inmates of the workhouse the fact of a new burden having been imposed upon the parish… (Ch. 1)

The personification is the first sentence.  Nature is being personified.  Basically, what it means is that...

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