Essay on Friar Lawrence

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Friar Lawrence is a character in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that served as a mentor for Romeo and Juliet, the two star-crossed lovebirds. He served as a mentor and a friend throughout the entire play, and because of it, his life was forever changed. In the beginning of the story, we meet the friar and can see that he is a happy go lucky guy, frollicking through the fields and giving advice to Romeo. However, the friar has to deal with quite a bit more than a two lovestruck teens, and it changes him for the worse. By the end of Act V, all of the drama that had taken place had taken it’s toll on Friar Lawrence and he was very upset and seemed to have been broken by the events of the week. The first time that we hear him speak,…show more content…
He sees himself as someone who can be establish a bridge to help the community by mentoring one in the middle of the gap. “But come, young waverer, come, go with me. In one respect I’ll assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household’s rancor to pure love... Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” (Act II.iii.96-99 & 101) The desire to make people happy is a manifestation of the Friar’s loving and caring personality. As happens with most people when they carry a load that is too much for them to bear, Friar Lawrence starts to break emotionally. His light hearted spirit disappeared after a bloody battle between Romeo, Tybalt, and Mercutio, resulting in two murders. Romeo wallows in the floor, moaning about his punishment, banishment, and the Friar has obviously had enough, for he says, “O deadly sin, O rude unthankfulness! Thy fault our law calls death, but the kind prince, taking thy part, hath rushed aside the law and turned that black word ‘death’ to ‘banishment.’ This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.” (Act III.iii.25-30) The kind spirit in Friar Lawrence has been worn out by the stupidity of Romeo and it is easily noticeable due to the way that the friar speaks in attempt to get Romeo to pick himself up off of the floor. “Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art. Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote the unreasonable fury of a beast. Unseemingly woman in a seeming man.” (Act III.iii.118-121) In his
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