The Role of Friar Lawrence in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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The Role of Friar Lawrence in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is one of Shakespeare's tragedies, which tells the story of two lovers who belong to two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo is a Montague who is in love with Rosaline. He finds out that the Capulets are having a feast and Rosaline will be there. Romeo goes, and meets Juliet. Little does he know that Juliet's father wants her to marry Paris. Juliet is against this, and the next day, Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet in secret. The nurse then passes the message on to Juliet and tells her that the wedding is arranged for two o'clock. They get married in the chapel, and Romeo sees the Capulets in the street. Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, so Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo is banished to Mantua. Romeo would rather die than be banished because he will have to be away from Juliet. Paris then asks Juliet's father if he can marry his daughter. Juliet and Romeo have their last night together. In the morning, Juliet finds out she has to marry Paris. Juliet asks Friar Lawrence for help because everyone else has let her down. Juliet apologises to her father before the wedding, and takes the potion from Friar Lawrence. Juliet is found apparently dead. Romeo gets a muffled message that Juliet is really dead, and he buys some poison. Friar Lawrence then realises that Romeo received the wrong message. Romeo meets Paris in the tomb, he kills him, says goodbye to Juliet, takes the poison and dies. Juliet awakes to find Romeo dead by her side and kills herself with his dagger. Although Friar Lawrence is not mentioned a lo... ... middle of paper ... ...ed the couple, their families would unite through love because they would realise that they should be happy because their children were, and they were now related. Instead, they became united through death. I think Friar Lawrence acted in good faith because if he hadn't have helped Juliet there and then, she would have killed herself. He was not to know that she would die in the end. I think in a way, Shakespeare wanted us to feel sorry for the Friar. Although he gave Juliet the potion, he was not responsible for everything that happened. I think he is a good man, because in the end, he made the two feuding families see how stupid they were being and united them. I think the Friar Lawrence had a very important part to play in the tragedy, and its only at the end that you find out what an honest, courageous man he is.
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