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Juliet's Paradox
by Alex Andy Phuong

In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Juliet claims that her "bounty is as boundless as the sea," and her love is as deep as it. She also exclaims that her love for Romeo is as "infinite" as the deep ocean blue.

Unfortunately, sea water only covers a fraction of the planet Earth, and the bottom of the sea is a geological fact.

Those scientific facts suggest that Juliet does love Romeo, but only to a certain extent.

And who knows, maybe she still has a thing for Count Paris, or Tybalt, or maybe even Mercutio.

William Shakespeare's rhetorical language is sometimes too beautiful to even be realistic, and that is also why "hyperbole" is a real poetic device.