Examples Of Friar Lawrence

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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence, though seeming wise, has some serious flaws. First of all, he is very trusting in other people’s judgements and abilities to do things. Friar Laurence also acts impetuously; he doesn’t think thoroughly about the consequences of his actions. Finally, he is deceitful and dishonest. Friar Laurence’s errors in judgement are the primary causes of the tragedy. Friar Laurence is too trusting of other people in relation to very important matters. He trusts Romeo’s impulsive and hasty judgment that it is a good idea to marry Juliet and he marries them. Before Friar Laurence marries Romeo and Juliet, he says “Holy Saint Francis! What a change is here! / Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,…show more content…
He gives Juliet the potion that puts her to sleep and makes everyone think she is dead. When Juliet wanted to avoid her marriage with Paris she went to the Friar for a plan. His idea was a sleeping potion. He describes it by saying “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, / And this distilling liquor drink thou off. / When presently through all thy veins shall run / A cold and drowsy humour, for no pulse” (4.1.94-97). Looking at the outline of his plan, it is easy to notice that there are a lot of uncertainties. Friar Laurence didn’t realize the risk of his plan. Also, Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet knowing it could end badly. Before Friar marries Romeo and Juliet, he says “These violent delights have violent ends / ...”(2.6.9). This shows that he knew marrying Romeo and Juliet would be a bad idea but he acts on instinct and doesn’t consider this fact before getting them married. Friar Laurence dismissing this shows that he can’t see the important flaws in his ideas before he implements them. Friar Laurence is unable to thoroughly think about his decisions before he makes them and he can’t convey his ideas well after he makes them as
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