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

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Without The Character of the Friar Lawrence Would Romeo And Juliet Not Be A Tragedy? A tragedy will include a few critical points that sets it apart from any other play. Romeo and Juliet is a great example of a tragedy because it involves all of the crucial points that are needed throughout the play. In a tragedy the action moves towards catastrophe at the end of the play, It should involve a sudden reversal of the main characters emotions from happiness to misery and then the play ends in a death. This is true in the case of Romeo and Juliet because all the events such as the fight with Tybalt are the reasons for Romeo's banishment causing both of these characters to become miserable and in the final scene of the play Rome and Juliet both kill themselves. The main character will be of high rank such as a king of prince so his or her actions would effect everyone close to this character. Also the main character is neither good or completely evil, his or her attitude may show a conflicting nature and their actions may be a result of an error of judgement. ...read more.


Juliet also goes to the friar Lawrence saying she will kill herself if he does not help her get out of the wedding. The friar Lawrence says 'Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humour, for no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but surcease: No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest; The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade To play ashes, thy eyes' windows fall, Like death, when he shuts up the day of life, And 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.' Here he makes up a very drastic plan that he has thought of then and he explains the sleeping potion and what will happen to Juliet. Here you can tell how important the character of the friar Lawrence has become because both Romeo and Juliet have come to him for help. He now regrets marrying them because he feels responsible for every thing that has happened and what is yet to happen. ...read more.


He had also acted too quickly and had his own actions could be to blame to blame. I believe that without the character of the friar Lawrence Romeo and Juliet would still be a tragedy. But he was just unfortunate enough to get stuck in the middle. This was his own fault really because he shouldn't have married them to start with because of this he has became their helper but if it was not him somebody else would have married them. It was a whole multitude of things. Both Romeo and Juliet were to blame, but you could also blame the Capulets, Tybalt but I believe a lot came down to fate. Romeo and Juliet acted too quickly in getting married and the Capulets put pressure on Juliet telling her she was going to marry Paris, Tybalt was to blame as much as anyone because it was him searching for a fight that caused Romeo to be banished. But fate has a lot to do with it, such as the letter did not reach him on time and the fact that Romeo meet Juliet in the first place. There is not one single element here to blame for this tragedy even without the Friar they still would have acted to quickly causing there untimely deaths. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Squires English coursework 2,095 ...read more.

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