In Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", what three quotes use figurative language to show Romeo and Juliet's views about love?

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Juliet believes that love should not be stopped because of what a person's last name is. In act 2, scene 1, she compares a person's name to the name of a rose and says that names mean nothing.  In fact, she uses a metaphor and says, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet" (II.i.85-86). Basically, she says that rose won't change its shape or color if it merely changes its name; hence, names shouldn't matter when falling in love with someone. Romeo's views on love are metaphorically compared to a bird's weightless flight after Juliet asks how he scaled the walls of her yard: "With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls,/ For stony limits cannot hold love out" (II.i.108-109). Here, he suggests that no matter what obstacle comes his way, love will provide a way for him to accomplish its desires. Finally, Juliet puts her foot down on what is most important to her when she says that he should not waste each other's time if he is not serious about loving her. She tells him to let her be if he is just playing with her and not seeking a full commitment in marriage. Once that commitment is solidified legally, though, Juliet would proclaim with a simile, "My bounty is as boundless as the sea,/ My love as deep" (II.i.175-176). This scene, as well as the throughout the whole play, is saturated with metaphors and similes about their views on love. Just point anywhere on the page and you can find a quote about their views on love being presented through figurative language. :)

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