Zoomorphism Examples


Zoomorphism is when animal characteristics are assigned to humans. This is the opposite of anthropomorphism (when animals are described as human).

Examples of Zoomorphism:

My brother eats like a horse.

The chubby little boy rolled around in the mud like a pig.

It ruffled my grandmother's feathers when Mrs. Beach took home first prize in the pie contest.

Examples of Zoomorphism from Literature and Song:

From Maroon 5's Song "Animals":

Baby, I'm preying on you tonight / hunt you down eat you alive / Just like animals.

Maybe you think that you can hide / I can smell your scent for miles / Just like animals.

From Psalm 63:7:

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

From Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream:

I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream.

From John 10:11:

I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

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