Romeo and Juliet

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Word Play: Heavy and Light


Scene 4: While walking to the Capulet party, Romeo says:

Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling.
Being but heavy, I will bear the light.

Shakespeare is making a play on words here, with Romeo's lines having multiple meanings.

What do these lines mean literally and figuratively?


Romeo is saying that the hours he has spent in the darkness of his room has caused his eyes to become sensitive to the light. The lights from the torch are painful to him, but he will put up with it.


Romeo is saying that he is heavy-hearted due to his recent problems with love.


Romeo is saying that he will hold the torch.


Both A and C


All of the above