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Romeo And Juliet

Act 1, sc. v

This scene marks Romeo’s shock. He reaches the feast organized by his enemies so he probably goes there to challenge destiny. Once there he forgets about his aim because he focuses on a lady, Juliet, who is not Rosaline at all. He notices Juliet while she is dancing with another man: first of all it is a physical attraction between them. However, Juliet’s beauty is unusual.
Romeo starts a monologue, where he compares her to a torch, to the light of the lights. That’s why she “burns bright”. She is glittering, bright, she is so white that she is like a “snowy dove”. He actually draws a comparison between crawls all around and her. Anybody is black, she is white. The adjective snowy refers to something pure, that brings peace, harmony. In fact, Juliet is a virgin.
Rosaline was physically beautiful, Juliet is beautiful inside. So, Romeo changes his approach to love. Juliet is like a fish out of water, it seems like if she comes from another world. Even if he is embarrassed, he would like to meet her. Shakespeare describes Romeo’s slow approach to Juliet, making him speak in a very refined way: “If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, it is the sin of well-bred people My lips stand ready, like two blushing pilgrims, to smooth that rough touch with a kiss.”
Actually, it opens up in a very slow way: it starts with their exchange of glances. Juliet is so pure that touching her is a sin. They both use metaphors; in particular, Romeo compares himself to a pilgrim (@Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer), and the lady is the shrine he has to reach.