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Personification is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object. (from Encyclopedia Britannica)
An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to make light of a serious situation.
How does this cartoonist use personification to take a lighthearted approach to a serious situation?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Gary McCoy.


The cost for individual health insurance is so expensive that many people cannot afford to purchase it.  The rat (who in reality does not need health insurance) gets a job as a lab rat so he can get medical treatment when sick without having to pay for it.  Rats are used by pharmaceutical companies to test the effectiveness of drugs being developed.