Romeo was swearing his love to Juliet, she says “O swear not by the moon, authentication’s moon, that monthly changes in her ricer orb, lest thy love prove likewise variable. (2. 2, line 1 1 0) In this quote, Juliet is telling Romeo not to swear his love by the moon, because it waxes and wanes constantly, and she did not want his love to be the same way. This quote condemns night time because of the moon and its changes. On Romeo and Gullet’s only night together, they pretend that the sun rising is just a reflection of the moon. “More light and light, the more dark and dark our woes. ” (3. 5 line 36) This quote from Romeo is a direct example of reverse eight imagery.
Because they can only be together at night, and Romeo must leave for exile at dawn, Romeo and Gullet’s troubles become worse, or darker by day, and the mood is lighter for them at night. When Juliet is preparing to be married to Paris, and her and the friar devise a plan to help her and Romeo escape to Mantra together, the friar says “and thievery night shall Romeo bear the hence to Mantra. ” (4. 1 , line 11 7), and “I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning”(4. 2, line 24) show once again how
Romeo and Juliet are happy at night than they are during the day, because they can escape together at night, and during day they must face their families who do not understand their love. Light Imagery is one of Shakespeare most common conceit in Romeo and Juliet. It is unique in this play because often, night is the time of safety and happiness because they can see each other, while day time is dangerous and sad because they can not be together. But the depiction can be jumbled as in the balcony scene.