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1. Cartoonist Stephan Pastis uses anthropomorphism in his Pearls Before Swine comic strip. Explain the difference between anthropomorphism and personification.

2. One of the types of humor an editorial cartoonist uses is irony. Irony is defined as when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs. Describe the irony in Stephan Pastis’ cartoon.

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Cartoon by Stephan Pastis


1. Anthropomorphism is a type of personification that gives human characteristics to non-humans or objects especially animals. There is a slight difference between these two. Personification is an act of giving human characteristics to animals or objects to create imagery, while anthropomorphism aims to make an animal or object behave and appear like they are human beings.  (

2. The couple is completely compatible – sharing all of the same interests. When they talk about their choice for president, you expect that they would be of one mind there as well. Instead, their opposite choices cause the best first date ever to end with them parting ways forever.