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Literary Terms for Romeo and Juliet

Simile
A comparison using like or as
Act I Scene 4- love pricks like a thorn
Act II Scene 2- Loves goes toward love as school boys

Metaphor
figure of speech comparing two different things
Act I Scene 5- my lips, two blushing pilgrims
Act II Scene 5- are you so hot

Oxymoron
A form of paradox that combines a pair of opposite terms into a single unusual expression.
Act I Scene 1- Romeo- feather of lead
Act III Scene 2- Juliet- Speech about Tybalt’s Death beautiful tyrant

alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Act I Scene 4-

foreshadowing
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
Act III Scene 2- Juliet- asking if Romeo has killed himself
Act II Scene 3- Friar Lawrence-

allusion
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
Act I Scene I- Aurora
Act III Scene 2- Phoebus- Juliet soliloquy
Act III Scene 2- Phaeton – Juliet soliloquy – Phaeton will go faster – bring the night

personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
Act III, Scene 2- Juliet giving the night a personality
Act I Scene 1- Benvolio gives night a gender
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soliloquy
LITERARY OR DRAMATIC SPEECH BY ONE CHARACTER, NOT ADDRESSED TO OTHERS.
Juliet is waiting for the nurse-
Act III Scene 2- Juliet- Wanting Romeo
Act II, Scene 3- Friar Lawrence- Cycle of Life

monologue
A long speech made by one performer or by one person in a group.
Act I, Scene 4- Mercutio- Queen Mab
Act I Scene I- Prince Escales – rebellious subjects

aside
A dramatic convention by which an actor directly addresses the audience but it is not supposed to be heard by the other actors on the stage.

hyperbole
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor

dramatic irony
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
Act III Scene 2- the Nurse- telling Juliet about Tybalt’s death
Romeo telling tybalt that he loves him

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