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What part did Friar Lawrence and the Nurse play in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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What part did Friar Lawrence and the Nurse play in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Friar Lawrence and The Nurse both contributed to the death of Romeo and Juliet. But could fate and coincidence also be held responsible. In this essay I will analyse the characters of Friar Lawrence and the Nurse, and examine the role of fate and coincidence in the play. Friar Lawrence is respected for being an educated and holy man; he is also kind and thoughtful. A Friar is basically a monk, who does the majority of the jobs that a parish priest does, he can perform weddings and funerals, and people go to see him with their problems, almost like going to confession. Romeo and Juliet often go to the Friar when they need help and advice when they can not get it from their parents, for example when Romeo wants to marry Juliet, he visits the Friar and asks if he will marry them, "When, and where, and how we met, we woo'd, and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, that thou consent to marry us today." ...read more.

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The Nurse is more affectionate with Juliet than Juliet's mother ever has been. For example she has pet names for her, in Act 1, Scene 3 she calls her a "lamb", a "ladybird", and a "pretty fool". When Juliet seems to be dead on the morning of the wedding to Paris, the Nurse is more genuinely upset than any of the other characters, she says emotionally, "She's dead, deceas'd, she's dead. Alack the day... O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day... O day! O day! O day! O hateful day... O woeful day! O woeful day!" The Nurse helps Romeo and Juliet arrange their marriage. The Nurse has no choice about helping Juliet marry Romeo, as Juliet is the boss and she is the servant, "I am the drudge and toil in your delight." although, the audience wonders whether the Nurse should act more responsibly as she has a duty of care. The Nurse later in the play thinks that Juliet would be better off with Paris, as when she is under pressure from her parents, the Nurse advises Juliet to do as they say, "I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first" Juliet thinks that the Nurse is being a hypocrite and almost despises her for this. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet were too in love to think straight, they should have taken things more slowly. Juliet's parents did not pay enough attention to what Juliet felt or wanted, it was all just a coincidence or just bad timing. These are only a few of the main reasons of what may have caused Romeo and Juliet's death. There are loads more reasons in the play for why it all went wrong, but there is not one reason that explains it all. Romeo and Juliet never had a chance of ending the play with a happy ending. With everyone slightly pushing them closer to death and, with even the stars against them the odds were never really on their side. The Nurse and Friar Lawrence played a relatively big part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. They both took part in Romeo and Juliet's wedding and talked them into changing their minds about things that they were going to do. But the Nurse and the Friar only pushed them onwards they did not actually kill them. At the beginning Shakespeare hinted we knew that the stars were not on their side and this meant that they were always going to die in whatever circumstances no matter who intervened. ...read more.

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