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The Friar's Speech

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GCSE English Language Coursework Shakespeare Prem Daniel The Friar's Speech Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet and nothing would have stood between their love except their lineage, which causes a great deal of sadness. The Capulet family and the Montague family have immense hate for each other. With Romeo from the Montague family, Juliet from the Capulet family and the deadliest of rivalries between the two families, the relationship was extremely hazardous. The only way that the relationship could continue was if Romeo and Juliet got married in secret, which is exactly what happened. Friar Laurence assisted the couple to get secretly wedded. His innocent interference is crucial in what happens in the play. He of course thought that the only way to stop the battles between the two families was for Romeo and Juliet to get married. A few hours after the secret marriage between Romeo and Juliet, the 'ancient grudge' between the families, yet again becomes an issue. Tybalt of the Capulet family, acting out of spite, goes to start a fight with Romeo. Romeo of course knows that Tybalt is his kinsman now and avoids conflict with Tybalt. ...read more.


This makes Romeo feel ashamed of himself and his actions. The friar says that he expected better form Romeo. To add more effect the argument is backed with effective use of alliteration and assonance. 'Unseemly woman in a seeming man, and ill-beseeming beast in seeming both' (act 3 scene 3 lines 112 and 113). The friar knows that this one argument will not be enough to bring Romeo back to his senses. The friar then says that Romeo should be grateful for what he has. He has been presented with life and his cowardice is driving him to give it away without a second thought. The friar says that the things that Romeo has, Romeo 'at once wouldst lose.' The friar goes on to say that Romeo is being foolish in thinking that he should kill himself after he has just killed Tybalt. He says, 'Hast thou slain Tybalt? Will thou slay thyself?' He means to say that it is foolish of Romeo to kill himself after just saving himself from Tybalt, who would have killed Romeo. This gets Romeo thinking about his actions and this makes him feel foolish. ...read more.


The friar then asks Romeo to go to Juliet and comfort her. 'Go get thee to thy love...and comfort her'. Now that Romeo is in the right state of mind, the friar lays out the plan that has to be carried out to salvage Romeo's life and his marriage. Friar Laurence's plan is to get Romeo to a place called Mantua. There he was to live until he could get his friends back. Romeo was to 'beg pardon from the Prince, and call thee back'. Romeo was to appeal to the Prince and ask for forgiveness. He was to wait until the misunderstanding could be undone and he could be welcomed home with thousand times more joy than that expressed when he was banished. In my opinion, the friar acted cleverly and quickly to calm Romeo down and to get a plan into action. This speech is written with care, showing different ways in which circumstances can decide the way you act and the path your future will take. The tactics used to bring Romeo to the right state of mind were effective as it presented the facts and the possibilities in the play. It is also realistic. The ideas are not imaginative ones, but things that effect people's lives even today. ...read more.

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