Light and FireWhat images of light and fire does Juliet inspire in Romeo?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Romeo has always thought his "love" for Rosaline, for example, was sincere and genuine.  It is not until he sees Juliet that the veil has been lifted and sees clearly for the first time.  She is the sun, the glowing jewel in Ethiop's ear, the most beautiful of all maidens on earth.

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! (I, v)

She is brighter than any torch that burns and indeed, teaches them HOW to burn brightly.

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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The first one that came to my mind is probably the most famous in the whole play:

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou her maid art far more fair than she." (2.2)

For Romeo, it is as if darkness has been suddenly wiped away from his eyes, from his entire existence - Juliet has appeared and he doesn't just say she is like the sun (a simile).  He goes all the way into metaphor and says that she is the sun.

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