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pqowi | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM via web

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Give me three examples of personification in Romeo and Juliet (including the act and scene number).

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 24, 2010 at 12:13 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act II, scene iii the friar says in lines 1-2

The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,
Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light

The morning can't smile, that's a human trait.

In the same scene, the friar again uses personification giving care the ability to use eyes, and fill a place to reside:

Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye,
And where care lodges, sleep will never lie;

Lastly, In Act III, scene ii near the end, Juliet asks death to take her "maidenhead" (virginity). This is quite the personification:

Come, cords, come, nurse; I'll to my wedding-bed;
And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM (Answer #2)

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Virtually a poem itself--it contains two sonnets--as it is written completely in iambic pentameter, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is virtually overflowing with figurative language. 

  • In his bemoaning of his loss of Rosaline, amid the oxymorons Romeo employs personification with the phrase "still-waking sleep." (1.1)
  • Further, as he continues to speak of Rosaline, Romeo observes that as she goes into the nunnery, she will not "bide the encounter of assailing eyes,/Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold." (1.1.)
  • Later, when Lady Capulet broaches the subject of marriage to Paris, Shakespeare employs an extended metaphor in which Paris is compared to a book. Within this speech, there is personification in the line "And find delight writ there with beauty's pen." (1.4)
  • Of course, the most poetic scene is that of Romeo in Juliet's orchard in Act II. In one of the plays many light/dark images, Romeo speaks of the night and the day wtih images of the moon and the sun, which he personifies with this line: "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon." (2.2)

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