Friar Lawrence's Role in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Friar Lawrence's Role in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Friar Lawrence is an intelligent herbalist with great knowledge of plants and a father figure to Romeo. He is the confidant to Romeo and Romeo would rather come to Friar Lawrence than to his father. Friar Lawrence is a pivotal person in Romeos world. Romeo comes to the Friar to marry Romeo and Juliet and after this he kills Tybalt and is banished. He then relies on the Friar to sort out the problem and to rejoin Romeo and Juliet. The Friar is aware of the feuding between the two families and when Romeo comes to see whether the Friar with marry Romeo and Juliet the Friar thinks he can turn the "households rancour to pure love"[1]. The…show more content…
The love that Romeo has for Rosaline is not real, as he is not enjoying the love; his description of it is full of oxymorons such as "O brawling love, O loving hate"[3]. These show that Romeo's love for Rosaline is fake and in chaos, however Romeo's love for Juliet is pure as when they first meet at the ball they use religious images. "…For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is a holy palmers' kiss."[4] Romeo then confesses that he loves the daughter of Capulet: Juliet and wants to marry her tomorrow. This causes a problem to the Friar as he cannot see into the future and can only gamble on what the future may hold for the two lovers. At this point in the play the Friar is being very unselfish, he doesn't know whether he will get punished for marrying the two lovers or could the two lovers be punished quite severely but he can only hope that the union can turn the "…households' rancour to pure love."[5] It is his hope that the marriage can bring the two families together that the Friar agrees to join Romeo and Juliet together. This shows that at this point in the play at least the Friar has noble intentions. Later on in the play after Romeo has killed Tybalt, Romeo hides out in the Friar's cell waiting for any news about his punishment or from

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