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Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet Essay


In William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet, there is one character that plays a vital role throughout the play, and that character is Friar Lawrence. It is he who draws up the final plan for Romeo and Juliets so called Romantic elopement but instead it turns out to be more of a romantic suicide even though such a concept is quite impossible.

We are first introduced to Friar Lawrence in Act 2 Scene 3. Here, we are introduced to the Friars knowledge of herbs. With baleful weeds, and precious-juiced flowers. Here we are first able to glimpse at the knowledge of potions and herbs that Friar Lawrence has obtained over the years. This becomes extremely important during the play, and also toward the end result of the play, where we see Friar Lawrence give Juliet a vial of a potion that would give Juliet the effect of making her seem as if she were dead, and that no one but him would be able to know her cause of death.

Also in this scene, we see that Friar Lawrence is an insightful man, when Romeo comes into the church after having spent the whole night out. Thou art up-roused by some distemperature; Or if not so, then here I hit it right, Our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight. Here we are able to see that Friar Lawrence has an insightful nature, and a perceptive personality. It is rarely shown in the book, for he hardly ever has to predict what people have been up to throughout the play, but we can see his insightfulness in Act 4 Scene 1, when Juliet comes to a so called confession for she is to marry Paris who already greets and regards Juliet as My lady and my wife..

Here we see that Friar Lawrence is also a caring character, and that he does care for the characters of Romeo and Juliet, and grieves for them both at the end of the play. This is shown when he confesses all of his sins to the Capulets, and the now solitary Montague, with no spouse or offspring. In this scene, we see a massive block of dialogue from the Friar,

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