Essay on Analysis of Friar Lawrence and the Nurse

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Analyze the characters of the Nurse and Friar Laurence as mentors to the young people in the play. Do these two people do the “right thing” by Romeo and Juliet?

The nurse and Friar are sophisticated characters that act as parental figures within the prolix and truculent play. The timeless classic Romeo and Juliet (RJ) by William Shakespeare revolves around the notion of determinism, death, love and deception. Despite Romeo and Juliet having warring parents who pay little regard to them, the Nurse and Friar act as parental figures towards them who guide through vexed situations in their best interest, however, this only prolongs their declivity, with the Friar acting as a motif of death and the Nurse acting as a beacon of hope. By
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Romeo and the Friar Lawrence share an analogous relationship. Fairly similar to the relationship that of Juliet's and the Nurse's. Romeo sees the Friar as a mentor, a prudent whilst the Friar himself recognizes Romeo as a pupil of his. The Nurse and Friar are ultimately elected as Romeo and Juliet's mentors prevailing over the parents of both star crossed lovers.
The Friar acts as a philosophical mentor to Romeo, similarly like the Nurse to Juliet. The Nurse and Friar symbiotically work together to find ways for the young adults, Romeo and Juliet, to marry with the ambitions of uniting the two feuding families and bringing peace to Verona, Italy which is captured in Act 2, Scene 3: "But come on, inconsistent young man, come with me. I'll help you with your secret wedding." The Friar continues his soliloquy, stating that, "This marriage may be lucky enough to turn the hatred between your families into pure love". The Nurse and Friars' roles as parental figures compels them to help the two adolescents marry, pledging their love to one-another. The Nurse and Friar Laurence are amiable and gracious characters that inadvertently contribute to the alliance and temporary happiness of Romeo and Juliet before their necrotic demise. Conversely, the Friar, however, is not convinced. He feels that Romeo is very hasty in his decisions, having being infatuated with Rosaline. He states, “Young men’s love then lies-Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes”.

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