What literary devices are used by Mercutio and Romeo in their battle of wits scene in Act 2, Scene 4 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?
"Mercutio: 'Alas poor Romeo! he is already dead... the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy's butt-shaft: and is he a man to encounter Tybalt?'"
The allusion is to Cupid—"the blind bow-boy." The alliteration is the repetition of the "b" consonant sound in "blind bow-boy's butt-shaft." Incidentally, the butt shaft is the back of the arrow.
When Benvolio asks what Tybalt's story is, Mercutio replies thusly:
"More than Prince of Cats. Oh, he’s the courageous captain of compliments."
This quote also contains an allusion and alliteration. The allusion is to a fable entitled "Reynard the Fox," which contained a character that was as quarrelsome as Tybalt and had the same name. The alliteration is the repetition of the hard "c" sound.
In the following quote,...
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