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Anthropomorphism is giving human characteristics, like emotions (feelings like being happy or sad) and the ability to talk, to a living thing or object that is not a human. It is often used in stories. The thing or object may be a god, animal, plant, sound, storm, idea, or any other object.

The story of the Three Little Pigs with a wolf and pigs that talk and act like humans is an example of anthropomorphism. The Call of the Wild also uses anthropomorphism, with the human traits being placed in dogs and wolves.