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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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