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What is a line in Acts 1-3 of Romeo and Juliet that uses personification?

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girlsgotqs | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2007 at 7:49 AM via web

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What is a line in Acts 1-3 of Romeo and Juliet that uses personification?

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alittlecurious2593 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM (Answer #3)

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Personification is when a nonliving thing is given human or living traits.

An example from Romeo and Juliet is in Act 3, Scene 5, Line 9-10

It says, "Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day/Stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops." Since it can't stand on tiptoe and is a lifelike characteristiic this is personification.

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seaofknowledge | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted March 19, 2015 at 1:40 PM (Answer #5)

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Personification is when an animal or object is given human characteristics. So when any non-human thing does something that a human would do, it is being personified. A simple example is "the wind whispered." Whispering is something that a human does, not the wind. The wind has been personified here.

Examples of personification from Act 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:

"Ay me! sad hours seem long."  (Being sad is a human characteristic, but it is being attributed to hours here; hours are personified.)

"These happy masks that kiss fair ladies’ brows." (Same thing here, masks are personified.)

"And more inconstant than the wind, who wooes Even now the frozen bosom of the north, And, being anger’d, puffs away from thence." (Humans woo, are angered and puff; wind is personified here.)

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 30, 2007 at 9:16 AM (Answer #2)

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From the balcony scene:Act I, scene ii

Romeo:

But soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!--
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,

 R&J is filled with personification.  Hope this helps.  Brenda

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spanishpride99 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM (Answer #4)

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"O brawling love! O loving hate!" act 1 scene 1

 

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