What is an example of personification in Act 2, scene 3 in Romeo and Juliet?

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Friar Lawrence uses personification when he describes the morning as having eyes.

Personification is describing something non-human as you would a human.  When Friar Lawrence is picking flowers, which he uses for different potions.  He describes the morning as smiling at night.

The grey-ey'd morn smiles on the frowning night,

Check'ring the Eastern clouds with streaks of light (Act 2, Scene 3)

This is personification because the morning is smiling, which only a human can do.  By using this figurative language, Friar Lawrence is establishing the setting and painting a picture worthy of flowers and love.  Romeo is about to come in and tell him that he is love with Juliet.

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The Friar uses more personification with the following lines: 

And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels (II.iii.3)

As morning approaches and the night gives way to daylight, the last fragments ("flecked") of darkness dissipate "like a drunkard." This is a simile in the function of personification. The darkness dissipates here and there, awkwardly - like a drunk person stumbling away. 

The Friar continues, personifying the sun - the sun will soon use his (the sun's) "burning eye" to "cheer" the new day. 

The Friar uses more examples of personification in his dialogue with Romeo. For instance, the Friar notes to Romeo that "Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye," (II.iii.36). This is a stretch given that "care" is manifested in a person's thoughts or behaviors. But since the human quality is attributed to something non-human (that of abstract "care"), it is a kind of personification. 


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