Prologue Quiz Answer: Simile
“The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, /
As daylight doth a lamp” is a simile. It is also an example of hyperbole, but we’re going to save that answer for a future question. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things with “like” or “as.”
In this example, Romeo is comparing a comparison. The brightness of Juliet’s cheek makes the stars look dim, much in the same way the brightness of daylight makes a lamp look dim. Keep in mind that lamps during this period were little candle things. Light bulbs had not yet been invented.
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