What literary techniques does Shakespeare apply to show lust's affect on Romeo when he loves Rosaline? What devices are used when Romeo believes that the friar is not up to date with his love for...

What literary techniques does Shakespeare apply to show lust's affect on Romeo when he loves Rosaline? What devices are used when Romeo believes that the friar is not up to date with his love for Juliet? 

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Romeo describes his experience of wanting Rosaline, but not being able to have her, with metaphors and similes to get his point across to Mercutio. Romeo is depressed and sad. He uses a metaphor and a pun (play on words) to emphasize how he feels. First, he compares Mercutio to a pair of "dancing shoes/ with nimble soles;" but then says that he, himself is the opposite of that by saying, "I have a soul of lead/ So stakes me to the ground I cannot move" (I.iv.14-16). The pun is played on the words "sole" and "soul." Later, with Friar Lawrence, Romeo applies iambic pentameter to is answer in couplets by saying, "With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No!/ I have forgot that name, and that neame's woe" (II.iii.46-47). He also calls the friar a "ghostly father" referring to him as a spiritual leader in Romeo's life, but also uses it in a way of mocking as if the friar were out of the loop of life just as much as he is out of the loop with Romeo's life.

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