Night Imagery In Romeo And Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, night imagery is used to foreshadow the outcome of death and express the love, which Romeo and Juliet share for one another. This is seen through the poetry that is used to express the danger that also lurks in the darkness, which they are heedlessly willing to risk in order to be with one another. Firstly, Romeo is unable to truly identify his love for Juliet because it is hidden in the darkness, where he is unable to weigh all of the consequences of his actions because night shelters and eliminates all of them (i.e. the family feud). Benvolio, who is unaware of Romeo and Juliet’s love, suggest this by saying, “Blind is his love and best befits the dark,” while Mercutio adds, “If love be blind, it cannot hit the mark.” Benvolio was emphasizing how Romeo’s love is better for the dark because in reality, which is during the day when there is light, a Montague and a Capulet can never be together.…show more content…
Furthermore, Mercutio adds to this by saying that in the darkness, love cannot be realized, as one cannot see and know their desires and its consequences. This is seen when Juliet expresses her fear for Rome’s safety as he may be found by her kinsmen, and he replies by saying he would much rather have her love and die on the spot, which foreshadows how his immense love will lead to the fall of himself later on. In addition, Romeo continuously refers to Juliet and describes her as a “light,” which refers to how he wants or desires everything good in her, especially her beauty. In one of Romeo’s later lines, after Juliet says, “A thousand times good night,” Romeo says to himself, “A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.” Here, light refers to her beauty, and is also a symbolism of their
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