I need to find examples of light and dark imagery in Romeo and Juliet that are easy to understand.

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Light and dark imagery can be used only to show contrast, helping to highlight one thing by showing the opposite.  For example, in the balcony scene, Romeo describes Juliet as the sun:

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:

He says that Juliet is so beautiful, so "lit up with beauty" that she will kill "the moon" or, in other words, the night.  Her beauty will make it daytime.   These contrasts are just to show how extreme Romeo's admiration of...

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