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Romeo and Juliet

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The Friar's Soliloquy

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In these lines from Friar Laurence's soliloquy, what literary device is used, and for what purpose?

Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant

A

Metaphor; To show that in humans, as in herbs, good and evil are fighting for control.

B

Paradox; To warn that both mankind and plants can be more dangerous than they look.

C

Allusion; To liken the poison of the herbs to the cruelty of two mythological kings, Oedipus and Creon.

D

Parallelism; To reveal how the corruption of the human heart, like poison in plants, will ultimately lead to death.

E

Simile; To compare the power of herbs to the power of kings waging war against one another.