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

How important is the character of Friar Lawrence to the plot and dramatic quality of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

Extracts from this document...


How important is the character of Friar Lawrence to the plot and dramatic quality of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? In my essay I will be writing about the vitality of Friar Lawrence's role, this includes how he fitted into the whole plot, what dramatic effect he had on the audience and most importantly I will be writing about the three main parts of his role. Friar Lawrence is a crucial character in the play "Romeo and Juliet." The play was written by the famous "William Shakespeare" circa 1600 AD. The play is about two "star crossed lovers" living in the town of Verona who come from two great leading families who absolutely feel hatred for one another. These two families, Montague and Capulet have been bought up in conflict against one another as a part of an ever-lasting feud between the two leading members of the two most important families of Verona. The first time Romeo and Juliet see each other is at an annual party that is held at the Capulet's mansion. As it is a masquerade party Romeo manages to sneak in. it is here that Romeo first sees Juliet and they fall in love at first sight. From then on Romeo constantly meets Juliet at her mansion in secret. ...read more.


He tells her to go home and pretend to her family everything is fine by telling her father that she'll go ahead with the wedding. The Friar also tells her to drink his potion the night before the wedding. "Hold, then. Go home, be merry; give consent to marry Paris. Wednesday is tomorrow. Tomorrow night look that thou lie alone; Let not the nurse lie with thee in thy chamber. Take thou dis distilled liquor drink thou off; when presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humour." The Friars plan was for Juliet to take the potion the night before the wedding to appear dead the morning after. This would relieve her of her marriage with Paris. They would have the funeral and lay her body along side her dead cousin Tybalt inside her family tomb. The Friar would then send Romeo a letter explaining his plan, telling Romeo to return from Mantua to Verona and await his loved to wake up in his arms before escaping to Mantua free of their parents, to live happily ever after. "Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift; and hither shall he come, and he and I will watch thy waking, and that very night shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua." ...read more.


He does this because he does not want both families to find out that he was responsible for the death of Romeo and that he was acting against the wishes of their parents. Juliet then pulls for Romeo's dagger and stabs herself. It took the deaths of two innocent people to cease this ancient feud, to finally see sense. In the Friar running out of the tomb and leaving Juliet alone, brings the play to a climax. The effect this would have on an audience would be shocking because the audience would expect the Friar to own up to what he did instead of running away from his mistakes and not talking the blame for causing this tragedy. I believe that the Friar should not be criticised for having helped out Romeo and Juliet because he was doing it for a good cause which was to put an end to the feud between both families and bring them together in piece. On the other hand he did not uphold the Christian values of a Christian church which the audience and myself would have expected, he should have been straight with Romeo and Juliet and have advised them to be honest with their parents instead of helping them act in secret behind their backs. It was the Friars three main parts of his role which bought the play to a climax and left the audience eager to find out what would happen next bringing them closer to the play. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and 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 GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. How far do Juliets Nurse and Friar Lawrence contribute to the tragedy of the ...

    Also, as Juliet saw the Nurse as a mother-like figure she started off by confiding in her, but she was stuck when she could no longer tell her the plans due to the Nurse's ignorance of her feelings, and her mother may have understood Juliet better and so she would be able to help her more.

  2. How far do Juliet's Nurse and Friar Lawrence contribute to the tragedy of the ...

    This is very hypocritical coming from the Nurse who once praised Romeo, and it is not a very thoughtful thing to say to Juliet who has told the Nurse and is clearly in love with Romeo. Illustrated throughout the play is the view Juliet's Nurse has on love - her views are vulgar and not about true love.

  1. role and importance of Friar Lawrence

    Other flaws in the Friar's character became apparent as his involvement in the schemes of Romeo and Juliet increased; and he began to warp cunning and calculating plans out of his head, such as the fanatical potion plan. Some readers may think that the Friar felt to blame and wanted

  2. Romeo and Juliet - Friar Lawrence is the man who provided help for ...

    At the end of Act 2 sc. 3 Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, Romeo wants to be quick and get married straight away. However, Friar Lawrence tells him not to be too hasty or he will make mistakes, Romeo: "O let us hence, I stand on sudden haste."

  1. The roles of the Friar and the Nurse were to bring Romeo and Juliet ...

    When Romeo needs advice the first person he turns to is the Friar, this shows that they are close and despite the age difference the Friar is still a friend to him. The Nurse is very close to Juliet; she has taken care of her form a young age.

  2. Mercutio and Friar Lawrence - character study

    The Queen Mab speech is very fanciful, describing, as if to a child, this tiny little creature who flies through the air in a small carriage driven by a gnat. On the surface, it seems charming enough, but when one boils it down, it isn't at all.

  1. Friar Lawrence is an important character in Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet.

    For example in Act 2 Scene 6, when he marries Romeo and Juliet, he is risking his reputation as a Friar so that he can help the two lovers. But, as a man of the Church, he is supposed to abide by the rules of Christianity.

  2. Without The Character of the Friar Lawrence Would Romeo And JulietNot Be A Tragedy?

    After both Romeo and Juliet come to him saying they will kill themselves if he does not help and this is when he starts making drastic plans that are not thought through and they start falling apart around him. In act two scene three Romeo goes and sees friar Lawrence over his new love Juliet.

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