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What are the language features in Act 2 Scene 2 in Romeo and Juliet?

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emmsieee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM via web

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What are the language features in Act 2 Scene 2 in Romeo and Juliet?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 19, 2011 at 6:57 PM (Answer #1)

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There are actually quite a few examples of figurative language in Act 2, scene 2 of the play.  In the very beginning, there are obvious examples of personification when Romeo is giving his first soliloquy; one such example is:

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief (lines 4-5)

In lines 28-29, Romeo says, "...As glorious to this night, being o'er my head / As is a winged messenger of heaven", which is clearly a simile comparing Juliet to an angel. There are also examples of alliteration throughout the scene.  One example is when Romeo says, "With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls".  In addition to these exmples, the entire scene is full of hyperbole, which is extreme exageration.

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