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The role of Friar Lawrence in the play “Romeo and Juliet”

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The role of Friar Lawrence in the play "Romeo and Juliet" Friar Lawrence's character plays a very important part in the story of Romeo and Juliet. He has a role in the most dramatic parts of the play, the marriage of the two lovers, the death of Romeo, Juliet taking the potion to feign her death and the failure to find Romeo in time and the failure to prevent Juliet's death. Friar Lawrence first appears in Act 2 scene 3, picking flowers, which are actually baleful weeds, and precious juiced flowers, which are medicinal. This scene is very relevant to later on in the play when these weeds and flowers are to be used to make the potion that Juliet takes to mimic death. ...read more.

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The Friars reaction is one of shock; he refuses to agree to marry them because their families are at war with each other. He also tells Romeo that they are too young, still children, and they have only just met. But Friar Lawrence does change his mind quite quickly and agrees to marry them. We see why when he says: "For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your household's rancour to pure love" This indicates that he agrees to marry them because he believes that it will bring the two enemy houses together in peace. It shows that he may see himself as a peacemaker. He reaches his decision very quickly once he realizes this situation. ...read more.

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The Friar indicates the same reaction at first and believes Romeo wants to marry Juliet for her looks, this is shown when he says, "Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes" He also suggests that Romeo is being selfish and childish: "For doting, not for loving, pupil mine" However, as we know the Friar soon changes his mind as he believes he may bring the opposing sides together. "These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die, like fire and powder which as they kiss consume" It does seem that he may still have misgivings about the marriage, and believes that their passion is burning too strongly and will end in disaster. He doesn't realize that what he is saying will actually come true later. ...read more.

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