Read the excerpt from Act II, scene v of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence: These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite: Therefore love moderately; long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. The purpose of the oxymoron and paradox used in this excerpt is to describe what it feels like to love. emphasize a point about love. provide the definition of love. entertain using visions of love.

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Emphasize a point about love: the sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness  provide the definition of love: intense affection and caring


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emphasize a point about love. Friar Laurence's quote is a warning or a word of caution for Romeo. He is warning him to slow down and act with thought - not impulse. Of course, Romeo is all about acting on impulse. These lines from Friar Laurence also remind the reader that the two lovers will end up dead. Shakespeare often reminds the audience of Romeo and Juliet's deaths in the play, and yet it still surprises the audience when it happens.


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