Friar Lawrence: Mission Accomplished
In William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence plays an important role. The holy man makes what he believes to be the right decision in every action he takes. Romeo and Juliet often come to the Friar for advice on what to do with their life. Although Friar Lawrence may bend the law in some ways, he is striving to unite two young lovers, and therefore ending their families’ menacing feud. The Prince hopes for this long before the play starts. Friar Lawrence brings the two families closer and ends the feud in a matter of days. The Prince should pardon Friar Lawrence because he ends the feud and Romeo and Juliet can live happily together in the kingdom of Heaven.
Friar Lawrence is the most holy man in Verona. He makes his own decisions and people respect him. Some come to him for advice or counseling. When Romeo and Juliet come, he consents to marry them, in thought of ending the feud between the families. He tells Romeo, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be/ For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancor to pure love”(Shakespeare 2.3, 90-92). Friar Lawrence knows the consequences from the beginning of the dramatic tragedy, and decides that if anything happens to these adolescents, he is to blame.
Also, the Friar wanted the lovers to be happy. They confide in him when they have nobody to trust. Friar Lawrence believes in Romeo and Juliet when no one else in Verona does. He never turns his back on anyone who deserves help. He helps Romeo when he is banished. Friar says:
Go hence; good night; and here stands all your state:
Either be gone before the watch be set,
Or by the break of day disguised from hence.
Sojourn to Mantua. I’ll find out your man,
And he shall signify from time to time
Every good hap to you that chances here.
Give me thy hand. ‘Tis late. Farewell; good night. (Shakespeare 3.4,166-72)
Although Friar Lawrence breaks a couple...
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