Friar Lawrence is a very important character in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ because he is the sole figure of religion in the play, allowing us to infer a lot about the role religion played in daily life and Shakespeare’s views on it. In the play, the Nurse addresses the Friar as ‘lord’. This metaphor illustrates how religion was a major part of people’s lives at the time the play was set. When referring to Jesus we would often use the term ‘lord’; the same way that the Nurse refers to the Friar. The fact that a catholic priest has knowledge about poisons capable of faking death is out of place, thus making the reader question why he has this knowledge. The fact that the Friar has devised this plan, which could be described as a cure, if very
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A tattoo is permanent and shows how the Friar has been brandished with religion and he cannot dispel that. It also shows how religion is imprinted on his soul. However, we know that his true reason for helping Romeo is to help end the civil strife in the city, thus showing that although he has been brandished and imprinted with religion, it is not always the main cause in life and that there are more important things. Also in this film, the religious iconography on the wall in the Friar’s ‘cell’ is in the shadows and darkness. This could show that his religion has been marginalised and overshadowed by other motifs in the play. The Friar also has his back to the iconography, also showing that he has turned his back on his belief system/religion.
Baz Lurmann has done this to show us how although people maybe be branded with labels they do not always fit these labels, due to a conflict of interest or an overbearing need to do something else, shrouding the Friar with a sense of ambivalence.
The Friar is made an important character in the play and the film adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as he is the sole figure and representation of