Personification In The Pedestrian And A Sound Of Thunder

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The plants outside begged for water. Wait, plants are not able to beg, are they? They did not literally beg, though, it is just that they look parched. If the subject is a thirsty person, they would be begging for water right now. The way that this sentence is worded sounds much more interesting. This is an example of personification. Personification is one of the most commonly used literary devices which can make a powerful, emotional, riveting story that will grip and leave a mark on an audience. Personification brings an appealing element to a story that would otherwise not be present, more specifically, it entices a reader and draws them deeper into stories, filling them with curiosity at an author's creative, unique wording. Without personification,…show more content…
Adding personification to a story transports the reader to another world where the wind whispers, trees stretch their arms to the sun, and the leaves dance through autumn breezes. It creates a long-lasting effect on the audience that they will carry with them for a while, much longer than a story without this tool could create. Two great examples of the significant potency of personification are Bradbury's "The Pedestrian" and "A Sound of Thunder." In "The Pedestrian," Mead talks to the houses and the police car's throat hummed. This shows that it is easier, to Mead, to talk with houses than the actual people inside and also that the car was just that, a car. Nobody inside, it was an automated officer. In "The Sound of Thunder" the time machine is a"Machine." It is capitalized as a name would be which makes it feel almost human. Along with that, he writes that, "The time machine howled," and, Its scream fell to a murmur," a possible warning that they should not be meddling in time or that it will bring everyone great pain. 6 Personification turns bland sentences into noteworthy statements that people can easily remember. "That's just it. I feel like I don't belong here. The house is wife and the mother now, and nursemaid." ("The Veldt".) This statement is much more powerful and memorable than something simple like, "I do not do enough for the
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