In Romeo and Juliet, how does Shakespeare use celestial motifs such as the sun, moon, and stars to develop characters?

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In Act 2, scene 2, Romeo uses a metaphor that compares Juliet to the sun. Standing under her balcony, he says,

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun. (2.2.1-2)

He insists that the moon is envious of her because Juliet is so beautiful, more beautiful even than the moon. However, later, after the couple has been secretly married but before Juliet learns that Romeo has killed her cousin, Tybalt, she thinks of her new husband. In regard to him, she says,

[...] when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun. (3.2.23-27)

To me, this always seems to signify that their love is doomed and that they will not be able to be together. Juliet associates Romeo with the beauty of the stars at night, calling the sun gaudy. However, Romeo says that the moon is jealous of Juliet, who is bright and vital like the sun. They literally...

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