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Posted February 25, 2007 at 11:23 AM via web

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Interpret and give literary devices for "I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives..."

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted February 25, 2007 at 4:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Interpretation: Juliet has been asked if she can accept Paris' love. Juliet responds with the quote above (I.iii.99-101): She can look at Paris on the surface (physically), but she can look no deeper than that. She cannot look deeper than the surface, just like Lady Capulet's consent cannot give Juliet's love for Paris strength to fly.
Literary Devices:
- Alliteration: In line 99, Juliet uses the repetition of the letter "L" (I'll Look to Like, if Looking Liking move...").
- Allusion: Juliet alludes to Cupid's arrow in line 100, when she says "But no more deep will I endart mine eye..." The word "endart" is a reference to Cupid's hitting a target with an arrow that will evoke passion or love.
- Couplet: The last two lines in Juliet's response rhyme (eye/fly).
- Personification: When Juliet responds stating that she cannot look deeper than Paris' surface, just like Lady Capulet's consent cannot give Juliet's love any strength, Juliet is personifying "consent" ("consent" giving Juliet's love strength).

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