Personification is abundant in the Bible. It's the most common literary device. We'll explore what personification means, see how it's used, and illustrate it with examples in the Bible. We'll also look at how it compares to using other literary devices such as simile, metaphor, and metonymy.
The Bible is the defining book of modern Christianity, and the modern church. The Bible is the most central way that Christians define themselves and relate to each other. Many people think of it as the Word of God, but it’s really more than that. It’s a book that attempts to tell the whole story of the world, and the story of God’s people, from a human perspective. It’s not just a book of moral instruction or a book of history, it’s a book of personal transformation.
We’re told that the Bible is the word of God, but we often don’t realize that it’s not just a book of instruction or a book of history. The Bible is a storybook. It’s a book about struggles, and failures, and the triumph of the human heart. Our problem, and our narrative, begins with the first humans. It ends with Jesus Christ. It’s a story of hope and redemption. It’s a story of imperfect people who stumble in the world with a perfect God. It’s a story that holds no punches in describing what it means to be human.
God is wise, (Psalm 119:98) and He wants our wisdom. When we read the Bible, we are reading the words of wisdom. God wants us to be wise people. He thinks so much of us that He wrote a book for us to practice on.
Proposition 2: Students (and others) are able to imagine what a talking animal would look like. This experiment can be used to help students learn about animal characteristics, but also to explore their own imagination. This experiment would be perfect for a book club or a poetry reading session.
Martha Speaks on the other hand, is kind of creepy and weaves an interesting story of a talking cat living in a suburban home. Not only does she talk, but she lives in a house, eats with her human family, and wears clothes. The only thing missing is that she is kind of ugly. She looks more like a raccoon then a cat, but it is an interesting and unique story.
When discussing personification, it is important to point out that personification is not always used to make a character appear more human-like. In a personification, an object or force is given a personality or human characteristics. Another way of explaining it is that the object is given a human name (nickname) or that the object has human characteristics (Personification).
Here, Anderson uses a personification to create a relationship between the Moon and the animals. As in the first example, the figurative language engages the senses and makes the Moon understandable to the reader. But she also creates a relationship between the Moon and the animals. 827ec27edc