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Understand the Language of Pathetic Fallacy

In this worksheet, students will think about the use of pathetic fallacy within fiction texts.

'Understand the Language of Pathetic Fallacy' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we are going to be looking at pathetic fallacy.


girl with question marks


Pathetic fallacy is a literary device where nature, weather, or an inanimate object reflect the characters' emotions or the atmosphere of a scene. This technique is used to create mood, enhance symbolism, and evoke a deeper emotional response from the reader.


However, in this activity, we are going to be concentrating on weather and how using different types of weather can help to create atmosphere.


A boy running through the rain.


Let's have a think about this together...


If you imagine a group of friends laughing, joking, and generally having lots of fun, what do you imagine the weather to be like?

We would probably go for a sunny day, as sunshine often reflects happiness.

Of course, we can still be happy when it rains (as in the picture above!) but if the sun is shining, it enhances the happiness that we witness in this scene.

Simple, right?


faces in different weathers


Let's have a go at some questions now.

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