Personification in King Lear

Personification Examples in King Lear:

Act III - Scene II 1

"cataracts ..."   (Act III - Scene II)

Shakespeare uses the term “cataracts” to mean the figurative floodgates of heaven, which are thought to hold back the rain. Notice that Lear speaks directly to these floodgates, stating: “You cataracts and hurricanoes.” This is an example of personification, or attributing human qualities to non-human things.