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Personification In There Will Come Soft Rains

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There are many different types of tools a writer can use to create meaning, and different feelings in a story. Whether the author uses just one of the tools, or as many as he can fit into the story, they can create meaning or tone. Imagery, personification, characterization, and even the types of words the author utilizes can create meaning and a different tone in the story. Ray Bradbury does an good job of creating meaning and different tones in his stories through using these many different tools, along with others. His use of imagery, characterization, personification, and so many other different tools create a great deal of meaning in his stories. Whether he uses the tools to create tension, or just to bring the story to life, his use…show more content…
Bradbury can make it seem as if the inanimate objects in his stories have become human and have developed human emotions. A good example of personification in Bradbury’s stories would be, “The fire rushed back into every closet and felt of the clothes hung there.” (There Will Come Soft Rains.) The personification here gives fire human like attributes. Fire does not have hands or the conscious to do something like know to go back to something. In the story, it shows the inanimate object having a mind of it’s own, though it can not because it has no conscious. The personification here helps build the tension in the story, and helps give the reader a better idea of how the story is going to end. Another, perfect example of personification would be, “ ‘I wonder if it hates me for wanting to switch it off?’ ” (The Veldt.) The personification here is coming from one of the characters, in which the character is asking is a room hates them for doing something. A room, being something that does not have a mind, can not have emotions of hate towards anyone or anything. Even technology can not have emotions, it can only do what it is been programmed to do, unless it has been programmed to have emotions by a human. It helps create more of the tension in the story, and shows a little bit of the characterization of the person saying it, how they are afraid of the room.…show more content…
He applies it to show the reader how the story is going and how the characters feel. It can also be used to show us how the characters are different from others. A good example of this would be, “Mr. Leonard Mead would pause, cock his head, listen, look, and march on, his feet making no noise on the lumpy walk.” (The Pedestrian.) Here the reader can see how the character acts to his surroundings, letting us know that the character is observant and is interested in the things around them. It gives the reader a good idea of how the character thinks and is going to act. Another example of characterization would be, “Eckels pronounced this verdict quietly, as if there could be no argument. He had weighed the evidence and this was his considered opinion. The rifle in his hands seemed a cap gun.” (A Sound of Thunder.) Here, the reader can see how the character is acting, and how he feels. This gives the reader a better idea of what is going on in the character's head, and can help the reader put themselves in the characters shoes. This can also help the reader to guess what is going to happen in the rest of the story, and what the character is going to do next. Characterization can help the story in different ways. It can help the reader understand the character, and it can also help the reader guess what is going to happen
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