Why is "he" capitalized when not referring to a deity?
I've seen "he" and "it" used to refer to a character who, while they weren't a deity, had more power than the character speaking of them. was this grammatically correct, or is there a rule as to why certain pronouns are capitalized when referring to someone?
- I haven't seen that. If it's fantasy, the character might be equivalent to a god or demigod.22
- maybe cause it was in the beginning of a sentence12
- Pronouns should only be capitalized when they come at the beginning of a sentence. It is a convention to capitalize "He" when referring to God. Otherwise, it might be a stylistic choice- I believe there was a horror movie about an entity called "It" as it's proper name.12
- "He" is capitalized when it's the first word in a sentence.02
- Capitalization has nothing to do with "grammar." There is no "rule" about this; but obviously when the author capitalized "He" or "It," the author got the message across to you that they were trying to get across to their readers: yes, the person being referred to is "special" in some way. Often it's done sarcastically, as in the "Rumpole of the Bailey" stories where Rumpole refers to his wife as "She Who Must Be Obeyed," with capital letters.11
- I have only seen "He" or "Him" used in connection with the Christian deity. If some writers do use capitals for "he" and "him" in connection with other male entities, that is a personal style, which, personally, I do not approve of.00
- Reverential capitalization is the practice of capitalizing words, particularly pronouns.
Nouns, which are not proper names, can also be capitalized out of reverence of the entity they refer to. Such examples include "the Lord", "the Father", "the Creator".
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