Romeo and Juliet Act 2: Themes, Motifs, and Symbols

Power of Love What theme is this: Juliet – “My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words of that tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound. Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?”Romeo – “Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike.”
Light and Darkness What motif is this: “Arise fair sun, and kill the envious moon,” (Shakespeare 2.2.78)
Youth and Old Age What motif is this: “The earth, that’s nature’s mother, is her tomb. What is her burying, grave that is her womb, And from here womb children of divers kind” (Shakespeare 2.3.9-11)
Stars What symbol is this: “Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven.” (Shakespeare 2.2.15)
Fire What symbol is this: “And in their triumph die, fire and powder.” (Shakespeare 2.6.10)
Rose What symbol is this: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose.” (Shakespeare 2.2.43)
Poison What symbol is this: “Poison hath residence and medicine power.” (Shakespeare 2.3.24)
Mask What symbol is this: “Thou know’st the mask of the night is on my face.” (Shakespeare 2.2.85)

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