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In Act 5 of Romeo and Juliet, what are some literary elements like metaphors and similes?

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katiejov | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:41 AM via web

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In Act 5 of Romeo and Juliet, what are some literary elements like metaphors and similes?

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sboeman | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 15, 2011 at 5:53 AM (Answer #1)

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There are quite a few examples of metaphors and similes in Act 5; for example, a simile from Scene 1 is "...that the trunk may be discharged of breath/As violently as hasty powder fired/Doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb"--this is where Romeo is buying poison from the apothecary, asking him to be able to die as quickly as the powder shot from a cannon.

In Scene 3, Paris enters Juliet's tomb and calls her a "sweet flower", which would be a metaphor, comparing Juliet to a flower, and without using the words "like" or "as".

There are also examples of puns, personification, onomatopoeia, etc. in Act 5 as well.

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