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What rhetorical device did Romeo use in his long speech about Juliet?i have read this...

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ilunga | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM via web

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What rhetorical device did Romeo use in his long speech about Juliet?

i have read this speech for over ten times now and i just cant seem to understand his meanings.

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

Posted May 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Since you are unclear exactly what speech you are asking about, I can only assume that Romeo's long speech about Juliet that you are asking about is the most famous of them which is in Act 2, scene 2. This speech begins at the very start of the scene when Romeo is hiding in Juliet's yard.  The first rhetorical device that Romeo uses is personification in the very first line when he says,"

     "He jests at scars that never felt a wound." (A.2, s.2, l.1)

Here, the personification is that a scar can actually feel something.  This is also an example of imagery.  The next example appears in line 3 when Romeo says,

     "...Juliet is the sun!"  (A.2, s.2, line 3)

This is an example of a metaphor comparing Juliet to the sun.The next four lines contain a continuous example of personification.  Romeo is giving life to the sun and the moon while he continues his comparison to Juliet when he says,

     "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
      Who is already sick and pale with grief
      That thou her maid art far more fair than she. 
      Be not her maid, since she is envious." (A.2, s.2, lines 4-   7)

Romeo also uses alliteration in a few lines.  An example is from line 17 when he states,

     "To twinkle in their spheres till they return." (A.2, s.2, line 17)

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