Friar Lawrence's Responsibility For the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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Friar Lawrence's Responsibility For the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Friar Lawrence plays a contradictive part throughout the entire play as he shows many differentials within his personality as he seems like quite a genuine person at the beginning of his role in the play as he makes a soliloquy about plants and flowers and he is out collecting herbs when we are first introduced to Friar Lawrence in Act 2 Scene 3. The soliloquy also goes into detail about remedies and healing powers "Poison hath residence, and medicine power" and from this it becomes clear that the Friar is a genuine, intelligent Friar and that he has a healing instinct. "Virtue itself turns vice, being …show more content…
When he tries to confess to the prince showing the positive, responsible side of his persona the terrible things he had done to eventually lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet he gets let off easily "We still have known thee for a holy man" but the Friars real punishment is that he has to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.

Friar Lawrence and Romeo have almost a father-son relationship, this is proven by the way that they speak to each other "Good morrow, father" and "Young son, it argues a distemper'd head" this language shows the positive nature of their relationship but it also shows the irresponsibility of the Friar as he has broken the stereotype of a regular Friar because he doesn't always seem to speak to Romeo as a Friar but more as a friend. Friar Lawrence is seen as a confidant to Romeo because he knows a lot about Romeo and his feelings toward women even though he never actually seems to believe that Romeo is truly in love "Thy love did read by rote, that could spell" Friar Lawrence believes that Romeo knows the right things to say when he is in love but he has just learnt it by heart and says it all the time or when he thinks he is in love. "Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes" this is

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