Romeo And Juliet Light And Dark Essay

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A popular motif in Shakespeare’s writing is comparing light and darkness to relate to the characters life and the problems they’re going through. The light and dark have both good and bad attributes. The light means that they can’t see each other because it’s forbidden, so they prefer the dark because they can be together for all they want. The light is also good though because light signifies happiness and good days, so the dark is also bad because Romeo often made himself an artificial night when he was upset over Rosaline. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses the characters actions, speech, and personalities to portray the benefits and misfortunes of the light and dark. In the play, light has many dissatisfactory factors to both Romeo and Juliet. In the play Juliet says “More light and light; more dark and dark our woes!” (3.3.) She is saying that the lighter it gets outside the sadder her and Romeo get. They have a forbidden love and can’t be seen together during the day, so they must appreciate all the…show more content…
The dark was seen as bad in the beginning because when Romeo was depressed over Rosaline he made himself an artificial night. He blocked out all his friends and family and stayed in the darkness. Juliet also associates Romeo with a light that illuminates the darkness. Juliet says “Come, gentle night, come, loving black brow’d night, Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun” (3.2.22-25) This quote shows that Romeo and Juliet's light shines brighter in the dark and Romeo is in her eyes a light that brightens up the dark. The light is what makes them seem happier and more full of light. Romeo’s depression over Rosaline and him making an artificial light is an example of why the dark is seen as

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