What is the difference between anthropomorphism, pathetic fallacy, and personification?

They all have very similar definitions and I don't see the difference.

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  • 7 years ago
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    My best guess:

    They are all a form a personification (giving human characteristics to non-human objects) but in a different way.

    Anthropomorphism refers to giving human characteristics to only animals. If I said that my dog asked me for his dinner, then that would be a form of anthropomorphism.

    Pathetic fallacy refers to giving human AWARENESS to non human objects. If i said that my house missed me when I left for vacation, its a form of pathetic fallacy because a house cannot feel human emotions.

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