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Hello Mr. Noel,
I have this quote from a book called The bluest eye, by Tony Morison. Even though you already told me that you have not read this book, I thought you would know this as a literature expert.
"He was engaged in a line of work that was dependent solely on his ability to win the trust of others, and one in which the most intimate relationships were necessary."
What does this quote mean? I have no idea what it means, I just know that it is personification.
Thanks a lot.

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Hi Gabriela,

I'm reading the quote out of context, however, it would seem that the character being described is someone who has to gain the confidence of others in his occupation. I would think of a salesman, a counselor, etc. The literary device I see here is "framing." The narrator is setting up the character for the reader to see in a particular light.

Personification is a literary device used to give human qualities to something that is not human. I don't quite see this quote as an example of it.

I hope this is helpful.

Sam Noel

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I`m a NY state certified high school English (and music) teacher for a New York City high school. I currently teach Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition. My passion is for literature (English and American), creative writing, and artistic historical periods. I`ve been teaching since 1992 and love it. Do I know it all? No! I`m a professional student. The best way to learn is to teach!

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I have taught freshman composition and literature (college-level) as well as Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, and high school English.

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