Simile In Romeo And Juliet Act 3

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Another simile in Act Three, is when Mercutio, Benvolio, Page and the servants enter the public place in the street and Mercutio is fooling around with Benvolio.  Mercutio tells him, "Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat; and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarreling." Mercutio is teasing Benvolio about his eagerness to fight when Benvolio is not a fighter and very timid. I feel Mercutio is really talking about himself because he can be a hot-head if pushed far enough. 


Source:  The Literature and Language Book by McDougal Littell

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Here's one, spoken by the Friar,  in 3.3.130-134, in which he compares Romeo's intelligence to a careless solider whose gun powder explodes in his face, because he is either too inexperienced or negligent to treat it properly:

Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love,
Misshapen in the conduct of them both,
Like powder in a skitless soldier's flask,
Is set afire by thine own ignorance,


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