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

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maritzahhh | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2013 at 2:41 AM via iOS

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

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 24, 2013 at 2:55 AM (Answer #1)

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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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