Personification in Literature
Personification is when something non-human is given human characteristics. This is used a lot in children's books and cartoons, such as Shrek because an animal, Donkey, is able to speak, which is a human characteristic.
Another example would be in Beauty and the Beast where the house servants have been turned into inanimate objects that still act as though they are human.
Then, there are examples in novels such as Animal Farm, where all of the characters are animals and they have human personalities, too.
Look below to find several resources to help you better understand this figurative language.