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Personification in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

If you are wondering what personification is, look no further. If you are also reading ''The Witch of Blackbird Pond'', check out this lesson where we will cover four prime examples of personification in the book.

Personification

The wind howled, the trees knocked on my window, and the shadows crept along the wall. What's going on in this sentence? If you have heard of personification you may have picked up on the fact that the wind, the trees and the shadows are all being described as though they are human. Personification helps paint a more clear picture and also helps convey emotion by assigning human behaviors and characteristics to non-human objects. In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, there are quite a few examples of personification. Let's take a look.

Kit's Grandfather

One solid example of personification is when Kit is thinking of her grandfather and how he enjoyed his books. Kit tells us that ''She could imagine the twinkle that would have danced in his eyes at those solemn words.'' Can you pinpoint the part of this sentence that uses personification? When Kit imagines the ''twinkle'' dancing, we know that a twinkle is not something that has legs, nor can it dance. The twinkle is being described with human characteristics in order to convey and connect a feeling of joy and merriment to her grandfather.

The Meadows

Another example of personification comes after Kit gets in trouble for her teaching style. Kit runs off into the Meadow and the narrator tells us that ''The tall grass rustled over her head and hid her from sight, and the Meadows closed silently around her and took her in.'' In this sentence, we know that Kit is upset and needs comfort. In order to express just how fully Kit found comfort in nature, the grass and the Meadows are described as though they are humans. The grass hides her from sight as though it chose to be there just for her and the Meadows decided to close around her in comfort and take her in. This passage makes it clear just how special the Meadows is to Kit.

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