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In Act II how is the figurative language related with light and darkness? Explore the imagery of light and darkness in act 2  how the light and darkness is related to the figurative language

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Much of the figurative language used to depict the light and dark is in reference to the blossoming love we see between Romeo and Juliet. We see this most strongly in the balcony scene, Act II, scene ii.

For example, lines 2-3 set this idea into motion when Romeo states:

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Romeo compares Juliet to the sun here as though she is illuminating his world and eliminating the dark emptiness he felt in his love for Roseline. The comparison of Juliet to light-bearing celestial bodies (sun, moon, stars, etc.) continues throughout this scene.

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her...

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Romeo's life was like a dark sky, darkness and when he saw Juliet it was like a blind man seeing the world for the first time, light. In the play Juliet is the sun and she brightens Romeo's life. You can also compare it to Twilight, I guess.