By: Karla Harvey and Mackenzie Cormack Pathetic Fallacy is a literary device, where human like qualities or emotions are given to inanimate objects in nature. It is a form of personification. Examples Angry clouds Cruel winds Sad flowers Confused stars Used in Shakespeare’s Macbeth to describe the murder of Duncan. “The night has been unruly. Where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say, Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death, And prophesying with accents terrible Of dire combustion and confused events New hatched to the woeful time. The obscure bird Clamored the livelong night. Some say the Earth Was feverous and did shake.” (Act II, Scene iii) “The night has been unruly”, human emotion of “unruly” applied to “night”. “New hatched to the woeful time”, “Woeful” applied to “time”. Used in the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by: William Wordsworth. “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills,” A Pathetic Fallacy is used to apply the emotion of “loneliness”, to the “clouds”. It is most commonly used in poetry. It is sometimes used in prose for detail and it is occasionally used in pastoral elegies. A pastoral elegy is a type of poetry mourning death in the pastoral language of shepherds and farmers. Personification is a broader term, were any human quality can be given to any inhuman like noun. Pathetic Fallacy is a type of personification, were specifically human emotion is applied to inanimate objects in nature. The term was first coined by John Ruskin in his novel Modern Painters in volume III, part IV (1856). Pathetic Fallacy, (2013), Dictionay.com, Retrieved November 22, 2013, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pathetic+fallacy. Pathetic Fallacy, (2013)EncyclopaediaBrittanica.com, Retrieved November 21, 2013, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/446415/pathetic-fallacy Pastoral Elegy, Everything2.com, Retrieved November 20th, 2013, from http://www.everything2.com/title/pastoral+elegy Pathetic Fallacy, (2013), LiteracyDevices.net, Retrieved Nov 22nd, 2013, from http://literarydevices.net/pathetic-fallacy/ You have five minutes (it will be timed) to write as many pathetic fallacies as you can. We will have two winners, whoever’s pathetic fallacy we enjoy the most and whoever has the most correct pathetic fallacies.