Romeo and Juliet - 'the Nurse Fills the Role of Juliet’s Mother and Friar Laurence Acts as Romeo’s Father. Discuss the Importance of These Characters in Romeo and Juliet. '

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The Nurse fills the role of Juliet’s mother and Friar Laurence acts as Romeo’s father. Discuss the importance of these characters in Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare’s marvellous play Romeo and Juliet, we witness an unreal love affair between two teenagers in Fair Verona who are guided by two major characters: the Nurse, and Friar Laurence. Both of these characters each help accompany both Romeo and Juliet in their four day adventure through the ups and downs of one of the most powerful forces on the planet, which is love. These two characters, the Nurse and Friar Laurence, are incredibly important in the mystical journey of Romeo and Juliet, as they provide a loving factor that neither parent of Romeo nor Juliet could provide:…show more content…
This plan, to kill Juliet off from society with the aid of a sedative produced by the Friar, was only possible thanks to the Friar. Without his assistance, there is a high chance that Romeo would never have been able to meet with his beloved Juliet again. The Prince clearly states “... for that offence, immediately we do exile him [Romeo] hence....” in Act 3, Scene 1. Due to the use of the word ‘immediately’, it is clear that Romeo’s offence is quite drastic and this is clear proof that Romeo has a slim chance of being accepted back into the society. The Nurse is just as important as the Friar in this play, mainly due to her willingness to help out her cherished Juliet in an attempt to keep up communication between the two childhood sweethearts. Without the Nurse, Juliet would be unable to communicate with Romeo purely because she is unable to be seen with him (due to the family feud between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s). The Nurse is a very good communication link between the two parties. Without these two characters, an elephantine amount of problems would arise in the play and thus, it proves their importance quite well. In Romeo and Juliet, it is quite clear that the parental guidance is not given to Romeo and Juliet by their blood-parents, rather it is given to them by two monumentally important characters being Friar Laurence and the Nurse. The Friar acts as a father to Romeo, mainly due to the trust that Romeo has laid with the Friar regarding his

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