Friar Lawrence In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Friar Laurence is a staple of morality in the town of Verona. In being so, both Romeo and Juliet come to him for advice. On the surface, this play seems to explore the idea of this or that: Montague or Capulet, however, the Friar’s presence denotes the theme of duplicity and dubiety. He is in a sense, the middle-man, some believing that even his righteousness is compromised when his actions do not entirely support his beliefs. And it is these actions that set into motion the overall conflict and resolution meaning without Friar Lawrence; the story would have taken a completely different turn.

Shakespeare wants us to know that nothing is pure, not love nor hate and definitely not good or evil. This never-ending feud is interrupted by love and attraction, and the love may be driven by lust. Hence the reason the friar is both inclined and hesitant to marry the two. Ultimately, he decides that although
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A flower, so beautiful and the symbol of Romeo and Juliet’s innocence and love, is used to create the Friar’s potion that eventually kills them both. A potion that ultimately restores peace in Verona. Another example of this is night, which is often synonymous with sin, crime, and disparity but is when most interactions between the couple and the friar take place. So quiet but so rowdy, Romeo and Juliet spend their radiant moments at nightfall, but it is also when their dreadful moment happens. And who but Friar Lawrence is to blame for the misunderstanding (other than maybe the nurse) that lead to their deaths only then to chalk it up to fate and avoiding blame. “Romeo! O, Pale! Who else? What, Paris too? And steeped in blood? Ah, what kind of unkind hour is guilty of this lamentable chance!” (V.iii.148-159) He then goes on to say: “… A greater power that we can contradict has thwarted own intents.” (V.iii.158-159). To Romeo and Juliet, we can assume Friar Lawrence is the embodiment of a passageway to new

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