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Romeo and Juliet - The role of Friar Lawrence.

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Romeo and Juliet - The role of Friar Lawrence. In this essay I am going to explain how Friar Lawrence is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In Act 2 Scene 3 we first meet Friar Lawrence, there are lots of opposing contrasts used to describe him in this scene, 'The grey eyed morn smiles on the frowning night' and other description words like 'now ere the sun advances on his burning eyes'. Friar Lawrence is gathering flowers and herbs. He reflects that, like people, the flowers and herbs contain both healing medicine and poison, both good and evil. Romeo finds consolidation in Friar Lawrence when he is faced with the dilemma of his love for Juliet. Friar Lawrence is happy to see Romeo when he visits his cell in Act 2 Scene 3. ...read more.


Romeo now knows that all his feelings for her, that at one time had consumed him, have all been banished forever by the power of his love for Juliet. In the Friars first hearing that Romeo no longer feels anything for Rosaline he seems happy, perhaps thinking that Romeos pain and anguish caused by love have passed. He then learns of his new love for Juliet. At first the Friar feels the consequences of this love could only lead to yet more conflict in Verona between the Montague and Capulet families. Although this is not considering Romeo or Juliet's best interests, he then has a change of heart and knowing how much each family loves there children decides that the marriage of the young lovers could be the penultimate antidote to heeling the rift between the two powerful families, that is growing greater and greater with each minor conflict. ...read more.


Juliet pleads for the Friar's advice, and again threatens to kill herself. Friar Lawrence begins to devise a plan to prevent Juliet's marriage to Paris, once again taking Juliet feelings into consideration. Juliet declares she will do anything to escape the wedding. Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a potion to give the illusion she is dead, mean while she will be placed in the Capulet volt and Romeo will be with her hen she awakes to take her to Mantua. Throughout this play Friar Lawrence try's to do the best thing for both Romeo and Juliet and the Growing feud between the Montague and Capulet families. He try's to take the considerations of all involved. Friar Lawrence is not to blame for the deaths of the young lovers, as he tries's to help them throughout this story and do the best he can fore them both. Other people could also be contributors to the deaths indirectly. Such as both Montague and Capulet and there growing rift. ...read more.

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