Interpret and give literary devices for "This day's black fate on more days doth depend; This but begins the woe others must end." Romeo said this to Benvolio in Act 3 Scene 1.

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*All quotes are taken from the Norton Shakespeare, based on the Oxford Edition.

Interpretation:
After Mercutio is murdered by Tybalt, Romeo is left with the sorrow of his friends' death and the knowledge that a Capulet has caused this. When Benvolio returns, Romeo is angered and distraught by the death of Mercutio. Romeo explains that the horrible fate of this day ("This day's black fate") will linger for many days to follow ("on more days doth depend"). The event of Mercutio's death begins yet another feud that someone else must end--With this statement, Romeo is saying that he will take it upon himself to make sure that Mercutio's death is avenged.

Literary Devices:
Couplet: The lines are an example of a rhyming couplet (depend/end).
Alliteration: Shakespeare employs this literary device by incorporation words with the same consonant (Days Doth Depend).
Foreshadowing: Not only is Romeo foreshadowing the death of Tybalt, but he may also be foreshadowing the tragic events that will take place between himself and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet

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