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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Friar Lawrence Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, was first performed in 1594 or 1595. Theatres in those days were round wooden buildings. They had no roof and also no lighting. This was why plays were only performed during daylight. The stage itself came out from one side. Over the top of the stage was a roof called the canopy which was painted underneath with stars, suns and moons. There was almost no scenery, so different parts of the stage stood for different places. There was a balcony, which was used for the famous scene in Romeo and Juliet, could also be used for an upper room, mountain top or castle battlements. As there wasn't much scenery, one of the characters, possibly the chorus, would tell the audience where the scene was set or one of the cast would walk across the stage holding a sign. The actors mainly wore their everyday clothes when acting but may also have worn a distinctive piece of clothing such as a crown. Women were not allowed to act so their parts were played by boys of 13 - 14. ...read more.


He tells the married couple not to be too passionate as this could lead to disaster because of the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets: "These violet delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume." He is proved right because, at the end, Romeo and Juliet die. Romeo runs to Friar Lawrence to tell him that he has killed Tybalt, because Tybalt killed Mercutio first. Romeo knows that he is to be banished from Verona. The Friar is not pleased with Romeo's childish behaviour when he says he is going to commit suicide because he thinks that he will not be able to see Juliet again: "Hold thy desperate hand! Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art: Thy tears are womanish, thy wild acts denote The unreasonable fury of a beast." Earlier in the play, the audience is told that Prince Escalus will have any man that causes trouble in Verona and murders someone else, killed. The Friar reminds Romeo of how lucky he is that he has not been killed for killing another man. ...read more.


He offers to give his life for what he has done: "If ought in this Miscarried by my fault, let my old life Be sacrificed." In my opinion, I think that Friar Lawrence was wrong to get so involved with Romeo and Juliet because he caused such sorrow for both the Montagues and Capulets. However, I feel that he thought that what he was doing was going to help Romeo and Juliet and also end the feud between the two families. I don't think that Friar Lawrence is totally to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths. The part he played did makes him partly responsible for it. However, if Romeo hadn't killed Tybalt, then he wouldn't have been banished to Mantua and then he and Juliet might have been able to run away safely so that they could have been together. Also, Friar Lawrence tried to get the letter to Romeo explaining about Juliet being asleep and not dead but unfortunately it didn't reach him in time. Then Friar Lawrence went to the tomb to stop Romeo and tell him what had really happened but once again he was too late. Friar Lawrence tried his best but sadly his plans always seemed to go wrong and eventually ended in tragedy. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lo�s Temple 10y1 ...read more.

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