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Personification Examples

Personification is a figurative languagetechnique where an object or


idea is given human characteristics or qualities. In other words, using our
language, we make an object or idea do something that usually is only done
by people. With personification speakers and writers make the object or
idea like a person and, hence, they personify it. Personification is often
confused with anthropomorphism, where human abilities and characteristics
are given to animals (such as in fable, where animals talk and behave as
humans do) but the term “personification” should not be applied to human-
like behavior in animals. Here are fifty examples of personification:
50 Examples of Personification

1. Justice is blind and, at times, deaf.


2. Money is the only friend that I can count on.
3. The cactus saluted any visitor brave enough to travel the scorched
land.
4. Jan ate the hotdog despite the arguments it posed to her digestive
system.
5. The world does not care to hear your sad stories.
6. After freedom’s sweet kiss, she could never return to the doldrums of
the factory.
7. Peggy heard the last piece of cheesecake in the refrigerator calling her
name.
8. The sorry engine wheezed its death cough.
9. Drugs dragged him into this place and they wouldn’t let him leave
alive.
10. The buses can be impatient around here.
11. These casinos are always hungry enough to eat your dinner.
12. He sang a lonely song to the moonlight.
13. The candle flame danced in the dark.
14. Thunder grumbled and raindrops reported for duty.
15. The moon turned over to face the day.
16. As fall turned to winter, the trees found themselves wearing
white.
17. The brown grass was begging for water.
18. Our society needs strong leaders.
19. One unhappy icicle wasted away in the day.
20. The sunflowers nodded in the wind.
21. Most pianos have pretty good manners but Stephan can make
them sound rude.
22. The traffic noises argued long into the night and finally Cal went
to sleep.
23. The angry storm pounded the tin shelter.
24. A school of rainbow trout swam across the mouth of the river.
25. The silence crept into the classroom.
26. Father Time can always catch up to you, no matter how fast you
run.
27. This city never sleeps.
28. The sun stretched its golden arms across the plains.
29. My heart has been skipping around in my chest since I saw her.
30. The child of morning, rosy fingered dawn, appeared.
31. Any trust I had for him walked right out the door.
32. And with those four words her happiness died.
33. The cigarettes stole his health and spent it on phlegm.
34. Kiss your integrity goodbye.
35. The trees dropped their leaves and rested.
36. I overheard the streets talking about you.
37. Winter’s icy grip squeezed his rib cage.
38. The business world would chew you up and spit you out.
39. The clouds pushed each other around in the sky.
40. He had little to live for now that his dreams were dead.
41. The smell of smoke tattled on the delinquent.
42. The wind whispered the rumors of the forest.
43. The jittery hands of corruption orchestrated the affairs at city
hall.
44. Still waters shivered in the wind.
45. Those greedy weeds have starved the petunias.
46. A case of cupcakes can be quite charming to an empty stomach.
47. December light is brief and uncharitable.
48. This morning had friendly greetings for peaceful sleepers.
49. The party died as soon as she left.
1.50. Light had conquered darkness.
50 Ways to Use Personification
The following sentences use the personification technique. See if you can identify which
part of the word or phrase is the personification. The answers are below:

1. The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky. 26. While making my way to my car, it
appeared to smile at me mischievously.

2. The run-down house appeared depressed. 27. The car, painted lime green, raced by
screaming for attention.

3. The first rays of morning tiptoed through the 28. The butterflies in the meadow seemed to
meadow. two-step with one another.

4. She did not realize that opportunity was 29. The waffle jumped up out of the toaster.
knocking at her door.

5. He did not realize that his last chance was 30.The popcorn leapt out of the bowl.
walking out the door.

6. The bees played hide and seek with the flowers 31. When the DVD went on sale, it flew off the
as they buzzed from one to another. shelves.

7. The wind howled its mighty objection. 32. I tripped because the curb jumped out in
front of me.

8. The snow swaddled the earth like a mother 33. Time creeps up on you.
would her infant child.

9. The river swallowed the earth as the water 34. The news took me by surprise.
continued to rise higher and higher.

10. Time flew and before we knew it, it was time 35. The fire ran wild.
for me to go home.

11. The ocean waves lashed out at the boat and 36. The thunder clapped angrily in the distance.
the storm continued to brew.

12. My computer throws a fit every time I try to use 37. The tornado ran through town without a
it. care.

13. The thunder grumbled like an old man. 38. The door protested as it opened slowly.

14. The flowers waltzed in the gentle breeze. 39. The evil tree was lurking in the shadows.

15. Her life passed her by. 40. The tree branch moaned as I swung from it.

16. The sun glared down at me from the sky. 41. Time marches to the beat of its own drum.

17. The moon winked at me through the clouds 42. The storm attacked the town with great
above. rage.

18. The wind sang through the meadow. 43. My life came screeching to a halt.

19. The car was suffering and was in need of 44. The baseball screamed all the way into the
some TLC. outfield.

20. At precisely 6:30 am my alarm clock sprang to 45. The blizzard swallowed the town.
life.

21. The window panes were talking as the wind 46. The tsunami raced towards the coastline.
blew through them.

22. The ocean danced in the moonlight. 47. The avalanche devoured everything in its
path.

23. The words appeared to leap off of the paper as 48. The pistol glared at me from its holster.
she read the story.

24. The phone awakened with a mighty ring. 49. The car beckoned me from across the
showroom.

25. The funeral raced by me in a blur. 50. I could hear Hawaii calling my name.
Did you identify the personification in the examples above? The human trait assigned to the
subject is in bold here. The subject being personified is underlined.

1. The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky. 26. While making my way to my car, it smiled at
memischievously.

2. The run-down house appeared depressed. 27. The car, painted lime green, raced
by screaming for attention.

3. The first rays of morning tiptoed through the 28. The butterflies in the meadow seemed
meadow. to two-stepwith one another.

4. She did not realize that opportunity was 29. The waffle jumped up out of the toaster.
knocking at her door.

5. He did not realize that his last chance was 30. The popcorn leapt out of the bowl.
walking out the door.

6. The bees played hide and seek with the 31. When the DVD went on sale, it flew off the
flowers as they buzzed from one to another. shelves.

7. The wind howled its mighty objection. 32. I tripped because the curb jumped out in
front of me.

8. The snow swaddled the earth like a mother 33. Time creeps up on you.
would her infant child.

9. The river swallowed the earth as the water 34. The news took me by surprise.
continued to rise higher and higher.

10. Time flew and before we knew it, it was time 35. The fire ran wild.
for me to go home.

11. The ocean waves lashed out at the boat and 36. The thunder clapped angrily in the distance.
the storm continued to brew.

12. My computer throws a fit every time I try to 37. The tornado ran through town without a
use it. care.

13. The thunder grumbled like an old man. 38. The door protested as it opened slowly.

14. The flowers waltzed in the gentle breeze. 39. The evil tree was lurking in the shadows.

15. Her life passed her by. 40. The tree branch moaned as I swung from it.

16. The sun glared down at me from the sky. 41. Time marches to the beat of its own drum.

17. The moon winked at me through the clouds 42. The storm attacked the town with great rage.
above.

18. The wind sang through the meadow. 43. My life came screeching to a halt.

19. The car was suffering and was in need of 44. The baseball screamed all the way into the
some TLC. outfield.

20. At precisely 6:30 am my alarm 45. The blizzard swallowed the town.
clock sprang to life.

21. The window panes were talking as the wind 46. The tsunami raced towards the coastline.
blew through them.

22. The ocean danced in the moonlight. 47. The avalanche devoured everything in its
path.

23. The words leapt off of the paper as she read 48. The pistol glared at me from its holster.
the story.

24. The phone awakened with a mighty ring. 49. The car beckoned me from across the
showroom.
25. The funeral raced by me in a blur. 50. I could hear Hawaii calling my name.

Purpose of Personification
As seen by the examples above, personification is used to assign human qualities to things
that are not human, but it does not make them behave like a human. The purpose of this
figurative language is to bring inanimate things to life to better explain them. Writers often
use personification to make their writing more vivid and to have the reader understand the
object or animal in a better way.

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