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Considering the scene in which Friar Lawrence is introduced, Act II, Scene ii,a) Describe Friar Lawrence's activities and thoughts before Romeo enters.b) List the main points of conversation between Romeo and Friar Lawrence.

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Stephen Snider May 6, 2004 English Literature Homework Romeo and Juliet 1. Considering the scene in which Friar Lawrence is introduced, Act II, Scene ii, a) Describe Friar Lawrence's activities and thoughts before Romeo enters. b) List the main points of conversation between Romeo and Friar Lawrence. c) Establish five points that show the dramatic significance of this scene. In the play Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare places an important role on the second scene of act two. All though it servers mainly as a scene to advance the plot it does introduce one major character and serve to set the stage for the following scenes. The character who is introduced is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence is very essential to story as he is very instrumental in the actions that lead up to the conclusion of the story and also to the resolution of the story. With the opening of the scene we see the good friar out in the garden of the Franciscans order. He enters holding a "osier cage" which he fills with weeds, herbs and flowers. In the early morning light we see him admiring the beauty of the world and especially that of his flowers. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence is tired of Romeo's riddles and so tells him to get to the point. Romeo express to him his new found love for Juliet, which is returned unlike in the case of Rosaline. In fact, Romeo wishes the friar to marry them that very day and so make them one. Friar Lawrence is at first appalled at what he has heard from Romeo. He chides him saying that Romeo's love is only in his eyes and that he has to quickly forgotten his sorrow for Rosaline. He says that Romeo's groans for Rosaline are still in his ears and that dried tears are still on Romeo's cheek. Romeo resents this and asks if the friar wishes him to "bury" his love. Friar Lawrence says that he did not advise Romeo to bury one love in order to give birth to another. Romeo assures him that his love for Juliet is genuine and that his love for Rosaline was mere infatuation. Friar Lawrence consents because he sees that evil could be changed to good; the marriage of Romeo and Juliet may turn the two household's "rancour" to pure love. At the end of this scene we are stuck with the sense that it has serious dramatic importance. ...read more.


It is from this flower that Friar Lawrence latter makes the sleeping potion, which he gives to Juliet. Also, later on Friar Lawrence is very apt to help Romeo escape Verona. We see that this is because of his close friendship that is displayed in this scene. Act II, scene ii provides a glimpse of what is to come in the book. Besides the obvious that Romeo and Juliet will be married we see a prediction that this marriage may have two effects. The first is that the marriage may reconcile the two warring families or the marriage may result in some bad consequence, which we all know is the death of the two lovers. It also adds a sense of irony and fate to the story because Friar Lawrence speaks of good being changed to evil and evil to good before he even speaks with Romeo. The last point is that Romeo's tragic flaw is highlighted in this scene. He is seen to be very quick in his decision to marry Juliet. Only the day before he had been in the deepest despair because he was not loved by Rosaline and at the very first sight of Juliet he has forgotten Rosaline. Friar Lawrence sees this and chides him for it. At the end of this scene he says something that is a prediction of Romeo's future, "Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast." ...read more.

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