One of the most prominent faces of Disney, Cinderella was most famously known for singing ‘A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes’, in which she proclaimed that “the dream that you wish for will come true”. However, when the Disney movie graced the screen in 1950, the film conveniently left out the parts in the original story in which the two sisters, desperate for the Prince’s affections, chopped off the heels of their feet and were later blinded by vindictive pigeons. As was with the sisters in the story of Cinderella, in the classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, seemingly happy things hide an undercurrent of maliciousness, and dreams are often cruelly broken by reality. William Shakespeare uses Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech in Romeo and Juliet to …show more content…
Friar Lawrence, when approached by Romeo, was skeptical about marrying him to Juliet. He pointed out that “Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon [is] foresaken” and that “much salt water [was] thrown away in waste” (). The Friar also risked hate from both the Capulet and Montague families, both of which held much prominence and power in Verona. However, Friar Lawrence did agree to wed the lovers because he believed “this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (). However, the Friar’s dreams of happily ever after were torn apart in the worst possible way: Juliet and Romeo both committed suicide. In marrying Romeo and Juliet, the Friar married two star-crossed lovers, which caused “a greater power than we can contradict” to end both Romeo and Juliet’s lives (). Friar Lawrence’s dream, one filled with good intent, lead to the deaths of two teenagers. Many characters in Shakespeare had dreams. Romeo dreamed of true love, Tybalt dreamed of social power and the Montagues’ demise, and Friar Lawrence dreamed of a peaceful and united Verona. All of those dreams lead to tragedy for the characters. With this, Shakespeare implied that, perhaps, dreams aren’t all as good as fairy tales make them seem to
Click here to unlock this and over one million essaysShow More
Unfortunately, for all his good intentions, the play still ends in tragedy. Friar Lawrence is a man who is not afraid to take risks to help someone; as, in Act 2, Scene 6, when he marries Romeo and Juliet, he is risking his reputation as a Friar, so he can help the two lovers. Also, when he says, "Take thou this vial, being then in bed, / and this distilled liquor drink thou off" (IV.i.95-96), he is suggesting that Juliet drink a potion so that she might feign her own death and avoid marrying Paris. This was an extremely risky thing to do because anything might happen to Juliet while she was unconscious.
Friar Lawrence wants to marry Romeo and Juliet in hopes their love for one another will end the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. He schemes and has the characters believe it is out of his love for Romeo and Juliet; as in their eyes, he is a fatherly figure. He is an older man who should be out to help the citizenry of Verona, but being egotistical, he uses Romeo and Juliet for his personal desires to end the feud between the families. Him being egocentric has the Friar make rash decisions in situations that he had not planned for. When the Capulets and the Montagues come together after the death of their children, Friar Lawrence says, “Her nurse is privy; and if aught in this/ Miscarried by my fault, let my old life/ Be sacrificed some hour before his time/ Unto the rigor of severest law.” (V.iii.266-269). The Friar explains Romeo and Juliet’s love story and the reasoning behind their secret marriage and why he went through with marrying the star-crossed lovers. He does not say that his rashness is to be blamed for their children’s death, but turns to the Nurse’s knowledge of the secret marriage. Friar Lawrence is showcasing his rashness by outing the Nurse’s role in the marriage and not taking blame for the deaths, but has the Prince decide his punishment. He wants to blame another character with the knowledge of the marriage to make it seem as though he is not to be blamed. His
Despite his initial disapproval, Friar Lawrence agrees to secretly marry Romeo and Juliet in hopes that “this alliance may so happy prove/ to turn [their] households’ rancor to pure love” (II.iii.98-99). Although Friar Lawrence has good intentions, as he does not gain anything from the marriage, by supporting Romeo and Juliet’s infatuation, his actions will eventually create more harm than benefits, as it allows their impulsive behavior to persist. By marrying Romeo and Juliet in secret, it is evident that Friar Lawrence knows that the wedding is a bad idea, but due to his indecisive personality and the inability to make a solid choice, Friar Lawrence blindly follows through with the marriage. In addition, he does not analyze the consequences of his actions prior to his agreement to marry them, only to later express regret and warn Romeo about the dangers of their infatuated love and their impulsive behavior. Friar Lawrence’s indecisive personality is evident in his soliloquy through the excessive use oxymorons in between rhyming
In contrast to common characteristics of a cleric, conformist and conservative, Friar Lawrence advocates freedom over following rules in society and always try to solve issues using the most risky methods. This is illustrated when he plans out Juliet’s death, “then as the manner of manner of our country is, in thy best robes, uncover’d on the bier, thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault where all the Capulet lie.” (IV.ii.109-113). He indirectly plays an influence to the tragic ending even though his primal motive intends to unite the lovers and offer citizens a peaceful town. As opposed to playing their ordinary roles in society, Friar Lawrence devises plans and encourages Romeo and Juliet to pursue forbidden love under a risky circumstance in order to turn his notions into reality. Friar Lawrence’s dialogue informs Juliet of the plan illustrates his part in causing the tragedy, “Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself, then it is likely thou wilt under a thing like death to chide away this shame,” (IV.i.72-74). From secretly marrying the them to sending Romeo to take Juliet’s virginity, he is informed about Romeo’s approaching banishment and the notorious reputation which will follow Juliet permanently. However,he continues to cover the mistake by creating the facade of Juliet’s death. This is illustrated in “All this is I know, and to the marriage he nurse is privy,” (V.iii.265-266). Friar Lawrence challenges conformism to pursue liberty, serves to liberate the forbidden love of two youngsters from opposing families but only earns a tragic fruition for his
Friar Lawrence consents to Romeo and Juliet’s “love” and marries them, but his quotes hint that he knows the truth behind this love is infatuation. As Romeo explains to the Friar about his infatuation to Juliet, the Friar is shocked at his sudden change and says, “Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” (A2, S5, L73-74) The Friar acknowledges that Romeo and Juliet were never truly in love by explaining to Romeo about his tears that used to pour over his cheeks because Rosaline did not return his love for her, and the Friar also states that Romeo follows people by their looks and not for love. Romeo, who is sentenced to banishment after Tybalt’s death, attempts to kill himself in the Friar’s cell, but Friar
Before going to Capulet's’ party, Romeo feels that it will lead to future trouble because he had a dream about his near future. Mercutio responds saying that he also had a dream, but in a sarcastic tone. Romeo then asks Mercutio about his dreams, and Mercutio replies, “That dreamers often lie,” or in other words, the dreamer imagines imaginary lies as dreams (I.iv.52). This provokes Romeo to deny Mercutio’s opinion by replying in a defensive manner. Mercutio then has a long monologue about how he believes that dreams don’t have any special meaning and that they all happen because of Queen Mab, the queen of fairyland. In the monologue, Mercutio talks about how what some different types of people would would dream about. Each type of person has a dream that represents them, such as “O’er lawyers fingers, who straight dream on
Friar Laurence, through his lack of good judgment, is largely responsible for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. Rather than being supportive of them and helping them disclose their loving situation, Friar Laurence took the “easy” way out. He succumbed to their desire to elope. He secretly married Romeo and Juliet instead of standing behind them and encouraging them to confront their families with the facts about their commitment to and love for each other. As a result, an even stronger bond between them was created through marriage: "For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone / Till holy church incorporate two in one" (2.6.36-37). Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet, hoping that their union would bring an end to the constant feuding between their two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Though the friar’s intentions were good and above reproach, they were certainly missteps along a pathway to tragedy. None of the tragedies would have occurred if Romeo and Juliet were not married. When Tybalt challenged Romeo...
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two households of the name Montague and Capulet fight a constant feud that eventually ends in tragedy. Friar Lawrence, a local churchman, provided heavy influence into the events regarding their love. Although he had well intentions, the friar was flawed in his efforts to unite Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play, Friar Lawrence proves himself to be irresponsible.
Have you ever wondered what that sensation on your nose is while you sleep? Well there is a good chance that Queen Mab, a fairy that makes you have dreams, has found herself on your nose. Such a fairy has made a dream come to poor Romeo. When Romeo tells his friend Mercutio about his dream Mercutio tells him about the fairy know as Queen Mab. In a long and drawn out story of play on words Mercutio sarcastically tells Romeo this to make him forget about the Rosaline and cheer him up. This speech can tell you a lot about Mercutio.
In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a drama written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love at first sight, contrary to the families rivalry. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, however they marry one another anyway. Friar Lawrence is the man of worship in Verona, he is the Friar that wed Romeo and Juliet and kept their secrets from their families. On the contrary fate wants to kill the two star crossed lovers to mend the rancor of the two families. Friar Lawrence’s ignorance and inability to communicate, Romeo’s tendency to impulsive behavior and being blinded by love, and fate all lead to Juliet and her Romeo’s demise.
First off, a large distinction between Romeo and Mercutio's perception of dreams lies in their view of what they truly are; for Romeo, dreams hold truth but for Mercutio, dreams hold lies. When heading to Capulet’s party, Romeo begins to voice doubt about whether or not they should go. Mercutio’s skepticism leads Romeo to admit that he “dreamt a dream tonight” which is influencing his actions. Mercutio responds by saying “and so did I...that dreamers often lie [about dreams]... as thin of a substance as the air and more inconsistent than the wind” (1.4, 53-56, 106). Shakespeare’s rich language and use of literary devices help bring forth meaning within the text. It is already given that Mercutio is older than Romeo, and thus his view on abstract concepts may shift based on this. The metaphor comparing “dreams” to a “substance of thin air” expands on Mercutio’s characterization, showing that he is afraid of relying on something as insubstantial as the air. This common theme of fear
Introduction: How and why do dreams occur whilst we sleep? Well, according to Mercutio, a character in Shakespeare's most known play: Romeo & Juliet, dreams are spread by the "fairies' midwife" known as Queen Mab. The significance of Mercutio's speech to Romeo was simply to distract dear Romeo from his time of depression from fair Rosaline; the Queen Mab character implies that Mercutio is a realist.
Fairies, mortals, magic, love, and hate all intertwine to make A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare a very enchanting tale, that takes the reader on a truly dream-like adventure. The action takes place in Athens, Greece in ancient times, but has the atmosphere of a land of fantasy and illusion which could be anywhere. The mischievousness and the emotions exhibited by characters in the play, along with their attempts to double-cross destiny, not only make the tale entertaining, but also help solidify one of the play’s major themes; that true love and it’s cleverly disguised counterparts can drive beings to do seemingly irrational things.
Friar Lawrence plays an integral part in the action and plot of Romeo and Juliet by secretly marrying them, and giving Juliet the idea to fake her own death. Romeo and Juliet meet in the Friar’s cell for their marriage and the Friar says, “Come, come with me…For, by your leaves you shall not stay alone, Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.”(II.vi.35-37). The Friar marries the two in hopes “to turn [their] households rancor to pure love”(II.iii.99). The Friar is the binding power between Romeo and Juliet, by helping them be together. Without the Friar, Romeo and Juliet would have a difficult time trying to meet in secret with each other, but because of him, they are able to get married. Ultimately, the Friar’s wishes of ending the feud between the Montagues and Capulets are fulfilled, but the reason of their reconciliation being the death of their children. The deaths of Romeo ...
A very old Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummers Night Dream” believed to be written in 1590 and 1596 was a classical idea of fantasy. It portrays the journey of four young lovers and their interactions with fairies. They story takes place in a mythical city called Athens with an enchanted forest, where a fairy king misguides the star-crossed lovers and plays tricks on his fairy queen by transforming a poor actor into a half-donkey. This work focuses on human interactions with falling in love.