in three words describe JULIET? Describe Juliet physically what words relate to that character one key quote that shows Juliet character

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Juliet's physicality is an important theme when discussing this play, as she and Romeo fall in love at first sight and their chemistry is at least partially based upon their physical attraction. The famous balcony love scene finds Romeo comparing Juliet to the sun rising in the East: a symbol of new hope and new beginnings, significant for Romeo who has just come out of a failed relationship. "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon" hints that Juliet's persona is bright and cheery, without the melancholy he has previously associated with his lovers. Juliet is often described by Romeo with imagery related to light and to birds.

In Act I, Scene 5, he describes her thus:

"Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night

Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear,

Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.."
And, from Act II, Scene 2:
"The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night."
Likewise, Juliet describes Romeo with words related to darkness and light, as well as birds, throughout her soliloquy in Act III, Scene 2:
"Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night, 
That runaway's eyes may wink and Romeo 
Leap to these arms, untalk'd of and unseen."
"Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night; 
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night 
Whiter than new snow on a raven's back. 
Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow'd night, 
Give me my Romeo; and, when he 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."
Three ideas that might best be applied, then, to Juliet's physicality are lightness, darkness, and birdlike. The references to celestial bodies (the sun, moon and stars) and to night and day also underscore the immediacy and urgency of their love, and their "star-crossed" status described in the prologue the passing of day into night also is a harbinger of the doom that awaits them.