Character of Friar Lawrence
Friar Laurence is presented as a holy man who is trusted and respected by the other characters. He is an important character in the drama, ’Romeo and Juliet,’ by ‘William Shakespeare.’ The Friar's role as the friend and advisor to Romeo and Juliet highlights the conflict between parents and their children within the play. Friar Lawrence does not immediately approve of Romeo’s plan to marry Juliet, and asks him “Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,/ So soon forsaken?” Romeo’s arguments in favor of his current love are hardly very creditable: “Her I love now/ Does grace for grace, and love for love allow/ The other did not.” This is dangerously close to saying that Juliet’s easy enough to make it worthwhile. Friar Lawrence doesn’t agree to help them because he is convinced by Romeo’s sincerity, but for a specific reason (“in one respect”, as he says), namely that “This alliance may so happy prove/ To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.”
As Romeo is isolated from his friends and family, The Friar acts as a father figure to Romeo. He is one person who Romeo trusts and this is relevant as he is the first person Romeo goes to talk about his love for Juliet, ‘my heart’s dear love is set on the fair daughter of rich Capulet.’ The Friar is a religious idealist, a philosopher who understands the big picture while other characters in the play are too involved in their interrelationships to share his perspective. He is a holy man, anxious to help the lovers in order to reconcile the Montagues and Capulets and bring peace to Verona, ‘for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love,’ showing us how his actions were well planned off. Friar Lawrence is the mastermind of the plot. He first creates the plot by agreeing to marry Romeo and Juliet, he does this because he thinks the marriage will bring peace to the families, ’turn your households rancor into pure love,’ this brings out his intelligence....
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