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					Critical Review

Romeo and Juliet is a play that did not fail in the box office, a performance that did not receive a
poor review by critics, it is looked at as one of the most famous and well known plays ever
written. In order to have a play found of by everyone around the world, there needs to be a
universal message that viewers around the world can understand, a theme that no matter what
language you speak you will be able to pick out the theme.
A theme that was noticed when reading the play was the theme of, in order to establish peace
there needs to be a consequence involved.

Since the times Shakespeare’s plays have been performed viewers have fully understood the
theme of needing conflict to establish peace. There have examples written in the actual text of the
play as well as studies done by Shakespearians to help readers go deeper into this theme. “My
only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious
birth of love it is to me. That I must love a loathed enemy.” (I.5.139-142) is an example of Juliet
understanding that she can never be with Romeo in peace because of the family he is from, the
one family who his family truly hates. Dependable sources support this theme an example is
“Another important theme is the duality Friar Lawrence speaks of. Romeo and Juliet are both
lovers and enemies. The Nurse and the Friar both try to help the lovers but ultimately, Romeo
and Juliet suffer.” A statement from NovelGuide, states that even though they had help in their
relationship, they could not be with each other because of their family hate. Whenever Romeo
and Juliet would go about their relationship, it would be interfered with conflict.
A quote from a source explains how their relationship was based solely on violence. “Tybalt
notices that Romeo has crashed the feast and determines to kill him just as Romeo catches sight
of Juliet and falls instantly in love with her. From that point on, love seems to push the lovers’
closer to love and violence, not farther from it.” Sparknotes. These statements are based off of
the direct examples in the play such as The world is not thy friend nor the world’s law. ACT V
Scene 1. This quote explains how the law interfers with thier relationship. As Peter Quennell
writes, "...the beauty and brevity of love itself -- that 'brief light', doomed to quick extinction,
celebrated in Catullus' famous lyric -- are set off by the 'perpetual darkness' of ancient Capulets'
sepulchral vault" (Shakespeare: A Biography,150).

In the end the play has to end with the lovers never truly allowed to be together. They take thier
lives and it is a consequnce for both Romeo and Juliet, and the Capulets and the Montagues. The
consequnce of thier death made the families realize that they need to put apart thier differences
and get along. And for this to happen the theme of consequnce had to occur.

Some good work here. Just try to be onsistent with the way you explain things and only let quotes
you find support your statements. Never let a quote do your talking for you.

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