In "The Most Dangerous Game," can someone identify personification, metaphor, and simile?
There are examples of each of these in "The Most Dangerous Game," but the fact that you need help suggests that you are not familiar with these literary terms, so before I offer each example, I will explain each term.
First let's talk about personification. That is a way of suggesting that an object or an animal is a person, or is doing something that a person would do. For example, if I were to say, "The sun smiled down on me," I would be suggesting that the sun can smile like a person, which of course it can not! In the example below from the story, the writer is suggesting that the night is a person who could press himself against the yacht.
Can't see it," remarked Rainsford, trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht.
Now, a simile is simply a statement that describe something in terms of something else. For example, I might say, "This cloth is lke sandpaper," indicating it is very rough or coarse. What follows is a description of the night, comparing it to velvet.
"Nor four yards," admitted Rainsford. "Ugh! It's like moist black velvet."
Finally, a metaphor is a statement that describes something in terms of something else, much like a simile, but instead of saying,"This is like that," a metaphor says, "This is that." An example might be my saying of someone I love, "He is my sunshine." Actually, there is a song entitled, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," now that I think about it. The example from the story shows a metaphor that tells the reader that Rainsford is being hunted and that the General is hunting him, just as a cat will hunt for a mouse.
The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse.
This is a story that is filled with many examples of personification, simile, and metaphor. See if you can find some, too.