In Romeo and Juliet's act 5, what metaphor does Romeo use for the tomb?
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Here are Romeo's words that illustrate the metaphor to which you refer:
Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,
And, in despite, I'll cram thee with more food!
A maw is a mouth. Romeo furthers the metaphor by using the words gorged, morsel, jaws, and food. Each of these words not only has to do with the tomb being a mouth, but the door a vessel that leads to eternal consumption. This is what a mouth does. The morsel he refers to is Juliet, and the more food that he wants to cram it with is himself.
An additional metaphor is comparing the tomb to a womb. A womb is the place of a woman's body that is pregnant with new life, so I think he is trying to illustrate how much life Juliet was to him.
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