What are examples of similes in "Romeo and Juliet"?


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One example of a simile in William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is in Act 1, scene 4, when Romeo says that love "pricks like thorn." Another occurs in Act 2, scene 2, when Romeo says that lover's tongues are "like softest music to attending ears."

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Similes often use the word "like" to make comparisons. Another famous simile in Romeo and Juliet occurs just as Romeo sees Juliet in Act 1, scene 5: "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night / Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear." The "rich jewel" is Juliet, and the "night" is like the dark skin of a native of Ethiopia.

In addition to comparing using the word "like," similes compare with the word "as." The play includes some of these similes as well. For example, in Act 2, scene 2, Juliet expresses the power of her love to Romeo, saying, "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep." In the same scene, Romeo compares the joy that lovers take in each other's presence to the joy that students feel when they are leaving school: "Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books, / But love from love, toward school with heavy looks."

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