Simile Example in Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 3

Friar Lawrence Soliloquy Quiz Answer: Simile

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And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels” (II,iii,3)


A simile is an indirect comparison of two seemingly unlike things, usually using “like” or “as.” In this example, the departing darkness of the night is being compared to a reeling drunk.

If you answered imagery, you’d also be correct. The night “reeling” as opposed to “going away” or “leaving” or “departing” leaves an impression that what took place the preceding night has no ability to stand on its own. And what took place the previous night? Romeo’s courting of Juliet.

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