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In this essay I will examine the roles of the nurse and Friar Lawrence in 'Romeo and Juliet' in order to determine to what extent they are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet at the end of the play

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Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will examine the roles of the nurse and Friar Lawrence in 'Romeo and Juliet' in order to determine to what extent they are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet at the end of the play. Friar Lawrence is Franciscan friar who is good and decent friend to both Romeo and Juliet. He is a kind, civic minded and always ready with a plan; for example the potion he gives to Juliet. Friar Lawrence secretly marries the impassioned lovers in hopes that the union might eventually bring peace to Verona and to both the Capulet family and the Montague family as they have been sworn enemies to each other as friar Lawrence already knows. ...read more.

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friar has to call him out, "Romeo, come forth; come forth, thou fearful man: /affliction is enamour'd of thy parts, /and thou art wedded to calamity". A person's "parts" are is qualities, such an honour, courage, etc; the friar is expressing sympathy for poor Romeo because he seems to be married to bad luck. The nurse; Juliet's nurse, the woman who breast-fed Juliet when she was a baby and has cared for Juliet her entire life. A vulgar, long-winded, and sentimental character, the Nurse provides comic relief with her frequently inappropriate remarks and speeches. But, until a disagreement near the play's end, the Nurse is Juliet's faithful confidante and loyal intermediary in Juliet's affair with Romeo. She provides a contrast with Juliet, given that her view of love is earthy and sexual, whereas Juliet is idealistic and intense. ...read more.

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As with the Friar and Romeo, Juliet also asks the nurse for advice for instance "What say'st thou? Hast thou not a word of joy? /some comfort, nurse". The meaning of this is Juliet turns to the nurse for advice after Juliet's mother and father had left after informing Juliet of her marriage to Paris. Friar Lawrence played a vital role in the main actions of the play for instance the marriage and the planning and the death of Romeo and Juliet. His attempts to do the right thing were noble, but because of poor planning they would soon lead to the inevitable tragedy. The rushed marriage, the ill-planning and carelessness of Friar Lawrence lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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