In A Monster Calls, the author, Patrick Ness, shows many examples of personification. The author uses personification to describe how the people are acting or look in order to provide detail and description to the current situation or how the main character, Conor, sees things or people, a perspective. An example of personification is used on page 20, "'Lillian Andrews!' came the voice of doom from halfway across the yard." This quote demonstrates personification because the author describes the voice as, "of doom". It is used because it is the teacher exclaiming one of the kids names, as they are shown fighting other kids, and of course no one likes being in trouble. The author shows another idea of personification on page 71, where it states, "'You boys!' Miss Kwan called, coming across the yard toward them like terror on two legs." This quote also provides an example of personification as it is describing the teacher about to get the kids for fighting, yet again, but this time describing the teacher's looks, and actions as, "terror on two legs". The teacher is described as terror on two legs because they are afraid of being in trouble by the annoying and petty teacher, who happen to be there at the time.
An important scene in A Monster Calls, is demonstrated where Conor's mother reveals that the last treatment was not going as planned, this happens as his mother lay down tired and lonesome on the hospital bed, attached to many tubes, after many treatments and the monster has said the three stories. This scene is important because Conor's mother is indirectly telling her son that there is no hope in her health, and is rapidly leading in her death. This event adds complications to the main conflict as Conor has to eventually face his mother's death, and this just leads closer to the end. This situation shows the characteristics of Conor's mom, as she truthfully tells her son the truth, inferring that she must be an honest person. This helps the truth of life because she eventually has to die of this sickness that has consumed her life and impacted the family in a negative way, and these may be examples of the hardships that everyone goes through in life. Conor's mother is very depressed and vulnerable about the situation as she cant do anything about her sickness. Conor is very devastated that his mother is quickly going to life, and is also angry, as he believes that she was lying to him, his whole life, as she always said that it was going to be okay, and that she was going to heal. This scene takes place in the Conflict, because he needs to know and accept the fact that his mother will die in order to be free from the nightmare, and leading to the monster's departure. An example of this is demonstrates when the author states on page 181, "It is now or never, the yew tree said. You must speak the truth. "No!" Conor said, his voice breaking." This quote demonstrates that Conor must face the fact that his mother's treatment didn't work, he needs to accept it, this is in the Conflict because if he accepts that his mother dies, he can finally be free from the nightmare and the monster. Another idea is shown on page 174, " 'Please,' Connor said again. "I have to get back to my mum.' But, the monster said, turning across the blackness, she is already here. This quote and situation is part of the Conflict because if Conor just tells the truth about his mom, he can leave the nightmare and the monster, because he has to tell the last tale, which takes place in the nightmare. This scene was very heartbreaking since a mother, needs to reveal the fact that she will die son to her own child, is just devastating.