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How does William Shakespeare incorporate the literary devices of characterization and FOILS in order to further develop your assigned theme for Romeo and Juliet?

William Shakespeare incorporates literacy devices for characterization like puns, foreshadowing, metaphor, simile, and personification in order to further develop the characters. The character Mercutio often uses puns. He most noticeably uses puns often in a sexual way, but most noticeable pun is used when is he dying. When he is breathing his last breath he states,” Ask for me to-morrow, / and you shall find me a grave man.” The pun in this statement is the use of grave when the pun comes into play. He is saying grave man he is being serious and not playing around but soon he will really be a grave man dead and in a grave. Another use of literally devices to develop characters is shown again when Romeo and Mercutio are speaking about the Capulets ball. Romeo states, “The game was ne’er so fair, and I am done…Tut, dun’s the mouse, the constable’s own word!”, the literacy device used this statement is a pun using dun in the sentence dun’s mouse meaning to be quiet as a mouse. Also, Romeo meant finished when he used the word done. Mercutio is making fun of Romeo for sitting around and being useless, also for sitting and pining for Rosaline when he should be looking for another woman.

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William Shakespeare incorporates literacy devices for FOILS in order to further develop them. One he uses is foreshadowing. When everyone is at the Montague dinner, Benvolio is trying to get Romeo out of his feelings and sadness for Rosaline because she hasn’t returned his affection. Romeo is reeling from her rejecting him. Benvolio states “Take thou some new infection to thy eye, / And the rank poison of the old will die,” foreshowing that he will find a new girl better than Rosaline and and his obsession with her will go away. This a

 

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