Pathetic Fallacy

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

First used by John Ruskin in 1856, a kind of personification that involves the attribution of human emotions, or other human characteristics, to inanimate objects, in order to evoke a sympathy which is usually facile.

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Citation:
Editors. "Pathetic Fallacy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=830, accessed 21 December 2014.]