• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Interview of Friar Lawrence and Nurse after Romeo and Juliet's' Deaths

    3 star(s)

    She would have taken her own life there and then if I had not. When Romeo was dead and Juliet would not leave him I deserted her. I could have saved her life I know but I was too cowardly to face up to my actions.

  2. what role does fate play in romeo and juliet

    The servant replies saying "I know not sir." This is odd because he was the servant of Juliet's father and so he not knowing who Juliet is almost impossible. Then Tybalt sees Romeo at the party, he goes to tell Capulet, who orders him to do nothing, 'let him alone' and 'he shall be endured.'

  1. 'Friar Lawrence is called before a tribunal, chaired by the prince, To explain his ...

    Romeo told me that he went back to see Juliet that night. He stood at her balcony and they promised to marry.' Narrator: The friar looks down and everyone continued glancing at him. The Prince then continues. Prince: 'What was your relationship with Romeo like?'

  2. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    audience can see they are made for each other by how they talk and how they carry on the conversation in poetry "ROMEO: Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? JULIET: Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

  1. Character Study On Juliet

    to be good because Capulet is wondering why she will not get married to his friend at this time. Capulet even says that he will through her out and make her beg for money or even killer her if she dose not get married to his friend Paris.

  2. How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, and Romeo and ...

    is absolutely right, so she tries to persuade Juliet to forget about Romeo because it was a safer option. When the Nurse sides with Juliet's parents, it badly damages the status of their relationship from this point onward because Juliet feels betrayed and does not trust the Nurse any longer.

  1. In this essay I will examine the role that Friar Lawrence plays in Romeo ...

    When Romeo confessed to him that he wanted to marry Juliet, Friar Lawrence was shocked and confused. He shows how he feels by saying, "Young men's love then lies, Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes". By saying this he is showing that he is confused, he was in love with Rosaline not so long ago.

  2. How does Shakespeare get the attention of the audience in the early part of ...

    in the middle of the scene and the subdued conversation taking place at the end. This scene introduces important characters such as lord and lady Montague, lord and lady Capulet, who are heads of the houses that hold the grudge.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work