William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet

How is 'a grave man' in Romeo and Juliet paronomasia?


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Paronomasia is punning or making a play on words by taking advantage of the fact that some words have more than one meaning. Mercutio, who has just been fatally wounded says " ask for me tomorrow and ye shall find me a grave man". This uses the fact that grave has two meanings. He sounds as though he is saying he will be grave and serious tomorrow but it can be also be heard that he is saying he will be dead and ready for the grave.