One place in William Shakespeare’s play where reality is strongly contrasted to appearance comes in act 3, scene 2 when Juliet learns that her beloved Romeo has killed her cousin Tybalt. When the Nurse enters, devastated with grief over a killing in the street, Juliet first assumes that Romeo has been killed. Even when the Nurse tells her it is Tybalt who died, she remains ignorant of the exact circumstances, which causes her to believe the worst. Not only does Juliet blame Romeo for this terrible act, but she concludes as well that he has been deceiving her all along: he must be a bad person wearing a good mask. She employs numerous figures of speech to emphasize this incongruity, comparing him such things as a snake with the face of a flower and a book with vile content and a beautiful cover.
O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
Dove-feather'd raven! wolvish-ravening lamb!...
Was ever book containing such vile...
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