The Role of Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet

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Friar Lawrence plays a religious role in the play thus making him trustworthy to Romeo and Juliet. He is the only one they trust and the only one they seek advice from. Friar Lawrence plays a major role in Romeo and Juliet's love. First he unites them together in holy matrimony "For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancour to pure love." (2.3.91-92). Friar Lawrence unites them both together not only because of their true love for one another but in hopes that the coming together will stop the feud between the Montagues and Capulets. He is a very courageous man because of doing all that he did for Romeo and Juliet. Marrying the two is a noble thing to do considering the hatred between the families but all Friar Lawrence is trying to do is bring peace to both families. Friar Lawrence is an old man, which shows he has a lot of knowledge and is wise. When things went wrong, he stayed optimistic and still tried to help them. For example when Romeo had slayed Tybalt, he made Romeo aware that things were not as bad as it looks in his eyes. He kept Romeo from killing himself and told him that Juliet is still alive, that is all that matters; to go and talk to Juliet. He was also explaining to him that he did not do a bad thing because Tybalt would have killed him if he had not slayed him. Even when the nurse had given up and told Juliet to marry the county Paris, Friar Lawrence tried to convince Juliet's father to extend the wedding so Juliet would not have
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