What are some literary devices in Romeo and Juliet act 3, scene 3? Please include the line number if possible.

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This is a very dramatic scene, and as such, the characters all use very dramatic language—especially Romeo, who frequently speaks in hyperbole to emphasize his horror at his banishment from Verona. For his part, Friar Lawrence uses personification and apostrophe to address the abstract forces that are at work in this situation (such as "affliction," "calamity," "sin," and "unthankfulness"). Personifying these concepts gives the two distraught men somewhere to place their blame, and apostrophe (addressing an absent or inanimate subject) allows them to express their vexation directly.


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This emotionally fraught and dramatic scene is filled with figurative language. Some examples are as follows:

Assonance is the repetition of same vowel at the beginning of words in close proximity, and consonance is the repetition of the same sounds within a word. This quote below uses both assonance and consonance in the repeated short "a" sounds, which bring a breathless feeling to the lines:

Affliction is enamoured of thy parts,
And thou art wedded to calamity.
The following uses anaphora , which is the repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of a line. This creates a pleasing sense of...

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