What views of love are expressed in Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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One view of love that we see expressed in the balcony scene of Act II, Scene II is that it is a feeling of passion, even lust. We see both Romeo and Juliet expressing their lust in this scene.

Romeo expresses lust when he first sees Juliet appear in the balcony window. In particular, he refers to her beauty by comparing her to the moon, saying that she is "far more fair," or far more beautiful than the moon (II.ii.4). Focusing on her beauty is a way of focusing on his physical attraction for her, or his lust. We further see Romeo illustrate his lust for her when he metaphorically tells her in his mind to cast of her clothing or her virginity. We see him say this in his extended metaphor about the moon:

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.
Be not her maid, since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,

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