Give an example of a metaphor in Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

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Chase Burns eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Act 2, Scene 2, of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous scenes in all of theater history. It is the balcony scene, where Romeo and Juliet become infatuated with one another. There are many metaphors in this scene. I will list two of the famous metaphors and give a description of what they suggest.

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? / It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! (II.ii.2-3)

In this line, Romeo proclaims that the light breaking in the window is "the East," and Juliet is "the sun." This is a metaphor, as he is describing Juliet as the sun. In this metaphor, Juliet is given natural, dynamic qualities. Furthermore, the sun was an important image in Renaissance times, and comparing Juliet to it is a high compliment.

This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, / May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. (II.ii.127-128)

Juliet describes their love as a flower. In this meeting, their love is only a bud, but time will grow their love in the same way that summer ripens and opens the bud of a flower. 

abbie91 | Student

A metaphor is a comparison of one thing to another without the use of "like" or "as" to depict the difference as you would a simile. In Act Two, Scene Two of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is riddled with metaphors for Juliet in order to declare his love and affection for her.  One example of a metaphor in his dialogue is when he compares her to the sun as she enters the scene: "It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!"  By comparing her to the sun, he is saying Juliet is a someone who makes him happy or can lift his spirits when she is physically near him.