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Personification in The Pearl

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will explore John Steinbeck's use of personification in ''The Pearl''. Generally, Steinbeck uses personification to describe the mood and the setting.

Personified Settings

In The Pearl by John Steinbeck, the author uses personification repeatedly to apply emotion to his descriptions of various settings. Personification means that things, such as fire, wind, and stars, are assigned qualities that are typically found in people. Let's look at some examples of personification from each chapter of the novel.

Examples of Personification

Every chapter of this novel uses personification in the description of the setting in a way that shares the mood of the characters. Here are some examples:

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