Romeo and Juliet - Friar Lawrence Resarch Paper

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Friar Lawrence – Actions against Beliefs?
In one of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays, Romeo and Juliet; enters Friar Lawrence, a man who has one of the most essential responsibilities in the whole play, ultimately influencing the outcome of the protagonists’ lives (Boyce). At every crucial moment of the play, Friar Lawrence has been a part of, starting with marrying the two couples, and moving forwards until he gives Juliet the sleeping potion, which proves that all though he is trying to unite the families, he does it in a way that makes the play turn into a tragedy (Sparknotes). Morally right or wrong, Friar Lawrence is the symbolic mentor, who Romeo goes to for each time a plan, or help, is needed.Not only a significant character, Shakespeare has made the Friar a man that gives the plot more meaning, but also because of his foreshadowing in the play. There are definite indicators that he foreshadows, the most obvious when the Friar says, “These violent delights have violent ends, / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder/ Which as they kiss consume” (RJ II.vi.9-10). This excerpt is foreshadowing Romeo and Juliet’s death, as they are the ‘delights’, which ‘die by violent ends’, using ‘kiss’ as a homonym, comparing Romeo and Juliet’s final kiss, and the explosion between ‘fire and powder’ (gunpowder) that makes Romeo kill himself, and Juliet to follow suit. Friar Lawrence is the most helpful character in Romeo and Juliet, leading us to believe that he intends to be benign, but not in the way that most expect (Sime). Most believe that Friar Lawrence married the pair, because he saw how much they loved each other but that is not seemingly true. He states that: “This alliance may so happy prove/ To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.” (RJ II.ii.2). This proves that he married them because he wanted to end the violence between the families, otherwise he would have stayed with an older order to Romeo, telling...
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