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1. Editorial cartoonists often use humor to make light of issues that aggravate people. How does the cartoonist take a lighthearted approach to the issue of invasion of privacy? — Which comic device does he use?
a) pun
b) personification
c) oxymoron
d) onomatopoeia

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Cartoon by Matt (London's Daily Telegraph)


1. b) personification

2. Personification is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object. In this case the dog is outraged over the invasion of his privacy.

The cartoonist did not use:

a) pun, which is a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings
c) oxymoron, which is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as the phrase “jumbo shrimp” or “virtual reality”)
d) onomatopoeia, which is the creation of words that imitate natural sounds (buzz and hiss are examples of onomatopoeia)