Romeo and Juliet - 'the Nurse Fills the Role of Juliet’s Mother and Friar Laurence Acts as Romeo’s Father. Discuss the Importance of These Characters in Romeo and Juliet. '

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The Nurse fills the role of Juliet’s mother and Friar Laurence acts as Romeo’s father. Discuss the importance of these characters in Romeo and Juliet.

In Shakespeare’s marvellous play Romeo and Juliet, we witness an unreal love affair between two teenagers in Fair Verona who are guided by two major characters: the Nurse, and Friar Laurence. Both of these characters each help accompany both Romeo and Juliet in their four day adventure through the ups and downs of one of the most powerful forces on the planet, which is love. These two characters, the Nurse and Friar Laurence, are incredibly important in the mystical journey of Romeo and Juliet, as they provide a loving factor that neither parent of Romeo nor Juliet could provide:
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The Nurse is not the only character in Romeo and Juliet that provides parental guidance to a child that is not theirs.

Friar Laurence is another important character in this play as through his wise words of wisdom, he provides the ‘father that never was’ to Romeo. Romeo obviously trusts this man as he feels comfortable talking to him about his love life, as well as confronting him with issues that are logically much larger than love (such as banishment from Verona). As discussed regarding Juliet and the Nurse, Romeo feels more comfortable around the Friar as opposed to his real father, Montague. Romeo practically chooses the Friar over his real father which is evident in his conversing choices. Instead of going to his father to discuss his new love being Juliet, he decides to discuss this with the Friar. The Friar also helps Romeo with his Rosaline dramas. It is clear that Romeo trusts the Friar, as the Friar is also his consultant in the banishment saga. The Friar is in on all plans developed by Romeo and more than anything, the Friar wants Romeo to be happy just as any other father would. He sacrifices his good judgement to keep Romeo happy. Without the Friar, or the Nurse, Romeo and Juliet would be lost.

The importance of these two characters in Romeo and Juliet is monumental and without them, there wouldn’t be a play. The importance of them can be displayed by looking at what would happen in the play without them. Firstly, the Friar was

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