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Romeo and Juliet is one of the many plays written by William Shakespeare It begins with a street fight-break out in the Italian City of Verona between the servants and the members itself of two noble families which have been enemies for a long time the Montagues and the Capulets In Romeo and Juliet the playwright William Shakespeare uses light imagery to bring through the theme of love and emphasize the effect of an unnaturally rushed love The use of light imagery develops the theme of love as Shakespeare uses it to represent love An example of this is when Romeo says Iv43 O she doth teach the torches to burn bright It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night He is talking about Juliet and what he means is that Juliet because her love is so bright should show the torches how to really burn bright in other words Romeo is saying that she is much brighter than all the torches Later on Romeo repeats his thoughts again and says IIi43 It is the east and Juliet is the sun Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon By saying this Romeo compares Juliet with the sun and with the brightness the sun gives away he is saying that Juliet gives as much love as the sun does light At almost the very end of the play when Page enters the vault he says Viii172 This is the place there where the torch doth burn With what he says he brings through to the reader that although both Romeo and Juliet are now dead they have finally found the place where their light can burn forever meaning there is nothing that can stop their love from breaking or getting hurt anymore Shakespeare is very successful at using light imagery to bring through to the readers the deep feeling of love between Romeo and Juliet in this play William Shakespeare uses light
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