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

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Romeo & Juliet How important is the character of Friar Lawrence to the plot and the dramatic quality of Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is a fifteenth century play set in Verona, by William Shakespeare, the play is about two star crossed lovers, both come from families which have an ancient feud between them, the Capulet and the Montagues. The character of Friar Lawrence is very important to the play. He is involved in three curtail events in the play, he marries Romeo and Juliet in secret because he knows that there families would disagree, he gives Juliet a sleeping poison to fake here death, then leaves her in the family tomb alone still not recovered from the sleeping poison. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence knows that both families would disagree he justifies it by saying "for alliance may so happy prove/ to turn your households' rancour to pure love." Friar believes that it will bring both Montagues and capulets together. A gentleman goes by the name of Paris asks Lord Capulet for his daughter's hand in marriage, so Lady Capulet tells Juliet about it, Juliet feels very upset because she is already married to Romeo but her parents don't know about it. Juliet speaks to Friar Lawrence about it, gives her a sleeping poison to fake her deaths that's the only way of not marring Paris, Romeo hears that she is dead but he doesn't know the plan. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence is a very important character in the play "Romeo and Juliet". I have shown all his involvements in the main events, he is the cause of the lover's death and the bringing the families loses and grief. He marries Romeo and Juliet in secret, then gives Juliet the sleeping poison to fake her death and that' the only way of avoiding to marry Paris, then he leaves Juliet alone at the family tomb. This drama is which gives the audience the excitement, and also carries the plot forward. The Friar is a man of the Christian church, I don't think it was right for him to marry them in secret despite their families feud, he should of advised them to be honest and tells the families. AHMED EL-MARDI ...read more.

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