Friar Lawrence Soliloquy Quiz Answer: Paradox or Personification
A paradox is a literary device that appears to contradict itself, yet holds true. The earth is labeled as a grave (death) and a womb (birth). The statement, however, is true, insomuch that when things die and rot in the earth, they make really good, life-giving soil. Now might be a good time to examine the oxymoron “death-marked love” from the Prologue.
This is also personification. Women have wombs. Dirt doesn’t.
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