Can you give an example of a literary device that these specific lines from "Romeo and Juliet" contain? "Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe That unsubstantial Death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour?" These lines can be found within scene 3 of Act 5.

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Please see the answer to a similar question posted nearby, as it deals with figurative language used in the lines just below.

Death is personified here. Personification gives human-like qualities to inanimate objects or abstract concepts. Death has no physical qualities until Shakespeare (through the voice of Romeo) makes him not only human but amorous. (If you don't know what "amorous" means, do look it up.) Then ask yourself, why is Romeo saying that Death is amorous? Why give "the lean abhorred monster" such a positive human quality?

You will see in the other answer how connotations are mentioned. This concept is extremely important when you are explaining figurative language in...

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