William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Literary Devices. Figurative Language. S peech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning Employs figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, personification and hyperbole
similes, metaphors, personification
gray is not the morning’s
snow upon a raven’s back.”
comparison showing the
similarities between two things.
of Romeo and a rose in her
reflex of Cynthia’sbrow.”
a name for the moon.
character to other characters.
ROMEO: But soft! What light through
yonder window breaks? It is the East and
Juliet is the sun…
JULIET: Shall I speak ill of him that is my
alone on stage and expresses thoughts
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright… (Romeo, Act I, Scene 1)
What light through yonder window breaks?... (Romeo Act 2 Scene 2)
The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse... (Juliet Act 2 Scene 5)
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds… (Juliet Act 3, Scene 2)
How oft when men are at the point of death (Romeo Act 5 Scene 3)
to be heard by all.
Madman! Passion! Lover!
holds both (2)
in dig- (4)
Alas, that love, whose view is
Should, without eyes,
see pathways to his will!
of a word, phrase, stanza form, or effect
in any form of literature.
art thou, Romeo?”
Juliet: “I’ll look to like if
looking liking move…”
Definition: A word
answering in sound to another word.
the airy region stream so bright/That birds would sing and think it were not night.” (II.ii.21-22)
or more people
Lady Capulet: “Speak briefly, can you like
of Paris’s love?”
Juliet: “I’ll look to like if looking
liking move…”(I, iii, 11-12)
to suggest what action is to come.
Romeo: “By some vile forfeit of the
the audience knows that Juliet
is still alive but Romeo
doesn’t know that.
“Oh loving hate”
A character who sets off another character by
Examples: Mercutio, the witty skeptic, is a foil for
Romeo, the young lover. Mercutiomocks
Romeo’s vision of love and the poetic devices
he uses to express his emotions
the author reveals it.
suggest two or more meanings at the same time.