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Romeo and Juliet

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The Lark and the Nightingale

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SCENE V: The lark and the nightingale, two species of birds, are mentioned in the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet.

How do they relate to the play's motif of light and dark?

A

The lark is associated with illumination (light), while the nightingale corresponds to ignorance (darkness).

B

Both light and the lark symbolize happiness, while darkness and the nightingale symbolize grief.

C

Larks and nightingales are both beautiful in different ways; likewise, both good (light) and bad (dark) experiences can be beautiful.

D

In the same way that light and dark are mutually exclusive, Romeo and Juliet are like nightingales and larks, never able to be together.

E

The lark, a bird of the morning (light), represents harsh reality, while the nightingale represents the safety of night (darkness).