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Light and Dark

Romeo and Juliet
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Sylvette Diaz

on 28 May 2013

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Transcript of Light and Dark

Light and Dark Romeo and Juliet Romeo locks himself in his room and closes the shutters, so that it's as dark as night. Both Benvolio and Montague speak of sunlight as holy and healthful, and both consider Romeo's preference for the dark a dangerous sign of depression Benvolio tries to convince Romeo to go to the Capulet's Party, saying that the party "will show you shining" fair maidens that will make Rosaline seem average. But Romeo is convinced that even the sun has never seen her match since the world began. By Sylvette Diaz, Justin Lazaar, Janay Clegg, Matthew Rivadeneira and Phillip Henry In the first scene of the play, Benvolio tells Montague about how Romeo retreated further into the woods when he was spotted. Montague, worried about his son, says Romeo has gotten in the habit of avoiding the light: "...Away from the light steals home my heavy son, And private in his chamber pens himself, Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out And makes himself an artificial night..." At the feast, Capulet compares the beautiful ladies to "earth treading stars" that will shine so brightly that they will light up the night sky. Romeo describes Juliet's beauty in terms of light and dark. "She doth teach the torches to burn bright" means both that her beauty is brighter than the blaze of any torch and that her presence makes the whole room light up. The brightness of her beauty is made even brighter when by the contrasts with the blackness of an "Ethiope" and the blackness of crows: "...Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows..." In the movie the Capulets wore light clothes while the Montagues wore dark clothes. In the balcony scene, Romeo says that "Juliet is the sun". He continues to refer to her as a shining beauty, and also says she is brighter than the moon. Romeo also decides that if he replaced her eyes with stars, her cheeks would still outshine the them. Romeo believes Juliet is bright and angelic as well. Another example of "Light and Dark" is when Romeo and Juliet have their final embrace in Juliet's room. Here, they hear the sound of a bird. Romeo says its a Lark, a morning bird, while Juliet says its a nightingale. Since a nightingale is a bird active at night, Juliet is able to transform dawn into dusk. In this example of Light and Dark, the night is associated with salvaging their love with each other, while day will become a desperate time for Romeo as he must flee to Mantua. Friar Lawrence says"The grey eyed morn smiles on the frowning night, / Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light , / And fleckled darkness like a drunkard reels / From forth days path and Titans fiery wheels." Night can be said to be "frowning" because it is full of danger and uncertainty. The fiery wheels of the sun-god's chariot are chasing night away and bringing the light of day. When Romeo is placing Paris' body in Juliet's tomb, he says "A grave? O no! a lantern, slaughter'd youth, / For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes / This vault a feasting presence full of light." For Romeo, Juliet's presence transforms the dark, gloomy, underground grave into its opposite -- a room high in the air, full of light and joy.
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