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National personification

National personification is when a country uses a figure or symbol to represent their nation as a whole. This figure or symbol usually stands for the ideals and values of the country. For example, the United States often uses the figure of a bald eagle to represent the country. The bald eagle is chosen because it stands for strength, freedom, and pride. By using the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States, it sends the message that the country is strong and free. Other countries, like France, use a figure of a woman named Marianne to represent their nation. She stands for liberty, equality, and fraternity.
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