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Personification, Similes, and Metaphors in The Odyssey

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Transcript of Personification, Similes, and Metaphors in The Odyssey

Personification, Similes, and Metaphors in The Odyssey
Holden Foreman and Evan Moylan
Personification
"When the young dawn came bright into the east spreading her fingertips of rose" (17.1-2)
Metaphor
"To hear a minstrel gifted as yours: a god he might be" (9.3-4)
Homeric Simile
"An Octopus, when you drag one from his chamber, comes up with suckers full of tiny stones: Odysseus left the skin of his great hands torn on that rock ledge as the wave submerged him" (5.447-454)
Simile
"Driving veils of squall moved down like night on land and sea" (9.75-76)
A detailed comparison in the form of a simile that runs several lines in order to give an idea epic proportions.
To give an inanimate object human qualities or characteristics.
A comparison of two ideas in order to enhance the description of one (often preceded by 'like' or 'as').
A figure of speech where one idea is substituted with another that is not literally applicable in order to enhance understanding of the original idea.
In conclusion, figurative language helps to convey an idea very effectively and Homer takes advantage of the skill throughout
The Odyssey
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