Friar Lawrence Soliloquy Quiz Answer: Metaphor
A metaphor is calling one thing something it’s not. Just in case you were wondering an osier is any of several willows having long rodlike twigs used in basketry. Friar Lawrence is not actually carrying a cage. He’s carrying a basket. The basket, therefore, is being compared to a cage.
This metaphor goes deeper. The osier cage is a metaphor for human beings. Just as the basket contains good and bad, so do all humans.
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