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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Technique of Anthropomorphizing (Tuesday's Truths WK 142)

I appreciate cartoonist, Jonny Hawkins, use of anthropomorphism ("the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities) in the cartoon posted directly above.

Hawkins's vision of a butterfly's conversation with another butterfly is reminiscent of Cam's rendering tales of conversations that birds have with one another.

Cam, as many of you who read this blog know, is a female cardinal pictured on the cover of my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.


The technique of anthropomorphizing is a part of this book series, evidenced by the fact that all of the stories (which are set in my rooftop garden) are told from the perspective of Cam, a female cardinal who visits it.

Their titles indicate the technique of anthropomorphism will be found within the stories. People will often say "don't  put words in my mouth" while Cam when referring to the avian community says, "don't put words in our beak;" hence the title.

In addition to relaying information using the art of anthropomorphism within this book series, the stories include many scientific facts about an array of members of the fauna community and of the insect community; including butterflies — who are not anthropomorphized.

Up until the other day, I'd never heard of Jonny Hawkins, and as I said, I appreciate how he portrayed his butterflies. I hope to see more of his cartoons and if you'd like to check them out, dear reader, here's a useful link.

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