Romeo And Juliet Light And Dark Imagery Analysis

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Bob sanders 11 February 2011 Light and Dark Imagery In the story of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet are from rivaling families the Montague and the Capulets. When Romeo crashes a Capulet party he finds a girl named Juliet and they fall in love with each other. As the story progresses, Shakespeare alludes to the symbolism of light and dark creating metaphors and similes to show imagery for the reader When Romeo meets Juliet at the party he gets butterflies in his stomach, but after the party it is the complete opposite. When Lady Montague is looking for her son Romeo she asks Mr. Montague and he replies, “ ‘Away from the light steals home my heavy son, And private in his chamber pens himself, Shuts up his windows, locks far daylight out ( Shakespeare.1.i.145-147).’ ” This is an example of a quote using light and dark imagery. Happiness can be depicted out, and so can sadness. Romeo is feeling sadness because he loves Juliet and wants to be with her, but he knows that they cannot be together because of their families. When Romeo goes and meets Friar Laurence another light and dark imagery is used. When Friar Laurence is by himself he talks to himself and says, “ ‘ the grey-eyed…show more content…
Romeo climbs onto Juliet’s balcony kisses her and says, “ ‘ it is the east, and Juliet is the sun/Arise fair sun and kills the envious moon (2.ii.3-4).’ ” Romeo compares Juliet’s beauty to the sun. The moon, being the darkness, is being shunned away from Juliet, the sun. Also, when Romeo and Juliet have a conversation Romeo tells Juliet, “ ‘ more light and light, more dark and dark our woes(112-114).’ ” The meaning of this quote is that the more light Romeo and Juliet have the more evil or darkness will appear too. Romeo and Juliet fear that evil will take over their woes. Romeo finds a way to sneak back into the city to be with Juliet, this showing that he loves her
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