Paradox Example in Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 3

Friar Lawrence Soliloquy Quiz Answer: Paradox


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Within the infant rind of this small flower
Poison hath residence and medicine power:

Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;
” (II,iii,7)


A paradox is a literary device that appears to contradict itself, yet holds true. The infant rind of a small flower contains both poison and medicine. That’s a contradictory statement that’s also true.

It’s also a metaphor. The infant rind of a small flower is being compared to a person. The medicine and poison is also compared to “opposed kings” and “grace and rude will.”

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Last Updated on May 18, 2017 by Trenton Lorcher

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