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Run-On Sentences

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Personification is a figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstraction is given human qualities or abilities.

Personification in popular culture: In the Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast,” human qualities are  given to a large number of inanimate objects. There is a singing clock, a talking candlestick, a dancing teacup and many other characters that act as though they are human.

Personification in literature: In a popular sonnet, William Shakespeare asks, “O! how shall summer’s honey breath hold out.” Shakespeare gives summer the characteristics of a person (honey breath).

Personification in general: The grim reaper is the personification of death. This character humanizes death and gives death a human-like appearance.