Personification in Romeo and Juliet: Friar Lawrence’s Soliloquy

Friar Lawrence Soliloquy Quiz Answer: Personification

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“The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,”


“The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,” is an example of personification. Personification is a figure of speech that gives objects human attributes. In this example the morning has eyes and is frowning. Morning’s don’t smile. People do. Duh!

By the way, you can also say that “grey-eyed” is an allusion to the Greek Goddess of wisdom, Athena, commonly called grey-eyed Athena in Greek Mythology. Shakespeare, in doing so, gives the morning another human characteristic, wisdom. Good job, William!

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