What does Romeo's language in his opening soliloquy of Act 2, Scene 2, lines 2-25, of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, reveal about his feelings towards Juliet?
In this passage, the language Romeo uses mostly portrays his feelings of passion and intense physical attraction for Juliet.
We see his language expressing his feelings of intense physical attraction in the very first couple of lines in which he compares her beauty to the sun, "But Soft! What light through yonder window breaks? / It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!" (II.ii.2-3). Since the sun is the brightest object in both the sky and solar system, the metaphor of likening Juliet to the sun serves to liken her beauty to the sun. Since Juliet is so beautiful, she is as bright as the sun. Romeo makes the same sort of analogy when he first sees her by likening her beauty to a bright, flaming torch and to a...
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