Examples Of Anthropomorphism In The Call Of The Wild

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Anthropomorphism means “the attributing of human characteristics and purposes to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other natural phenomena, or to God.” (www.dictionary.com) In easy words we can describe the term as giving human qualities to inhuman things or ‘personifying’ someone or something. As a general example we can say that: “The old banyan tree looked sadly at the river in front of it.” Here, the word “looked sadly” depicts the banyan tree with a sense – that it ‘looked’ and an emotion – ‘sadly’, although trees do not have these ‘human’ qualities within themselves. Therefore, we can say that the Banyan tree is anthropomorphized or it is an anthropomorphic tree. In the same way I will be looking at the anthropomorphism used in the novel “The Call of the Wild” written by Jack London. Is Animal Fantasy the same as Anthropomorphism? The easy answer is “Yes!” The difference between animal fantasy and anthropomorphism is that animal fantasy can be called the ‘main title’ while anthropomorphism can be called the ‘subtitle’ or a ‘theme’ of the animal fantasy. In animal fantasies, animals have human traits and either all or some of the animals are anthropomorphic ones. They can either talk, have emotions which they can express like humans, or are able to reason, ask questions and have their opinions just like humans. It is also possible that these fantasy stories incorporate all these traits in the animals. There are four types of animal fantasies: 1) Anthropomorphic
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