Romeo and Juliet - Friar Lawrence Character Analysis

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Friar Lawrence is one of the most important characters in the play, Romeo & Juliet.
He plays a crutial role in the tragic fates of Romeo & Juliet.

Friar Lawrence is trusted and respected by other characters. The younger characters of the play who can not share their feelings with their parents seek advice from Friar Lawrence. When
Romeo confesses his love for Juliet, Friar’s advice is of wisdom of an old man: In Act 2 Scene 3 he tells
Romeo that people who rush in make mistakes. “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” He brings out solutions to conflicts of Romeo & Juliet throughout the play with good intention but with fatal consequences. Althrough Friar finds it dificult to understand Romeo’s
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Whether someone becomes good or evil depends on the course of life he chooses. Good may be tansformed to evil, and evil may be swept away by good: “ For naught so vile that on the earth doth live. But to the earth some special good doth give,
Nor caught so good but strain’d from that fair use , Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse,
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometimes by action dignified.” So Friar agrees to marry Romeo & Juliet hoping the good of their love will end the evil of the hatred.

This view of Friar leaads his course of actions throuhout the play. All of his well intentioned plans and advices ,- soothing Romeo on his banishment and advising him to go to Mantua, encoraging Romeo to visit Juliet before his departure for Mantua, giving sleep potion to Juliet and planning her escape with Romeo , turn out to prepare the tragic moments of the Play. We can say that these plans are well intentioned to unite Romeo & Juliet in the hope that their love will bring peace .However they don’t seem to be well thought, as events take place in an unexpected direction, his plans don’t give the desired results, in fact they become the majör cause of tragic deaths of Romeo, Juliet and even Paris. He talks about how he made the mistakes which led to deaths of Romeo and Juliet, “ And I here stand both to impeach and purge myself condemned and myself encused.”

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