Friar Lawrence In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

Good Essays
In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet in both direct and indirect ways. To begin, Friar Lawrence decides to marry Romeo and Juliet because of his idealistic views on ending the brawl between the two houses, without thinking of the repercussions. After deliberating over marrying Romeo and Juliet, Friar says,“[i]n one respect I’ll thy assistant be:/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.” (II.iii 90-92) Friar Lawrence believes that Romeo’s love for Juliet is superficial and transparent, however, the idea of uniting the Montagues and Capulets is far too tempting. Although this could lead into disastrous results, …show more content…
When Juliet asks for help from the nurse about how to change her father’s mind about her upcoming marriage, the nurse herself gives up on all hope and this is reflected upon Juliet as well. With no one left to depend on, Juliet becomes mentally incapable of dealing with the crisis in her hands. The nurse and Friar Lawrence are both very important people to Romeo and Juliet, thus having important roles in their deaths. Friar Lawrence is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because of his shoddy planning, and disregarding the fact that marrying the two wouldn’t be very logical in favour of uniting the two houses. Although he thinks Romeo is a fickle boy, who does not really know what it means to love a woman, he does not emotionally manipulate Romeo, and has good intentions at heart. Despite his intentions to help the couple, he is rash, and made life-changing decisions far too quickly for a positive outcome. However, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet can also be blamed on the nurse, in an indirect

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Friar Lawrence is a very important character in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ because he is the sole figure of religion in the play, allowing us to infer a lot about the role religion played in daily life and Shakespeare’s views on it. In the play, the Nurse addresses the Friar as ‘lord’. This metaphor illustrates how religion was a major part of people’s lives at the time the play was set. When referring to Jesus we would often use the term ‘lord’; the same way that the Nurse refers to the Friar. The fact that a catholic priest has knowledge about poisons capable of faking death is out of place, thus making the reader question why he has this knowledge. The fact that the Friar has devised this plan, which could be described as a cure, if very similar to the way Jesus would help people in biblical times. Another piece of evidence to show this is how Romeo always compares his experiences with Juliet using a religious term. He says he’d like to ‘worship’ her body and refers to her as a ‘saint’ when they first meet in the play. Contrastingly, the Friar uses marriage as a way to help create peace in the city which you would not expect from a priest. Instead, you would expect him to marry them because they love each other and not to use them as a tool to get what he wants. This could show how people had started to lose their faithfulness at the time of the play. During the Renaissance era when ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is set society would have been dominated by Catholicism but this shows that there may have been a little more freedom of speech and thought in society.…

    • 608 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Some people say that Friar Lawrence and Nurse were the culprits but in fact they weren’t. If Romeo and Juliet would have been smarter and learned that there was a word in the dictionary called “no” none of this would have happened the way it did. They were also too trustworthy towards their peers that they should have never even trusted in the first place. They should have waited to get married maybe until Juliet was 16. They could have even run away to a place far, far away where their families could not find them. They had many faults I will now tell of some of Juliet’s.…

    • 482 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Romeo And Juliet Theory

    • 1849 Words
    • 8 Pages

    In the beginning once Friar Lawrence found out about Romeo and Juliet when they went to him, he thought it was a good idea. Romeo one morning after being with Juliet, goes to see Friar Lawrence, who decides to help Romeo but only for one reason. He says “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households rancour to pure love.” (Shakespeare. 120). He basically said that he will help Romeo for only one reason that is, he thinks this marriage alliance could turn the hatred between the two families into happiness and end the fued. He is a character such as Nurse, one that helps Romeo and Juliet during the whole play. Friar Lawrence is actually the one who comes up with the plan. In the movie Romeo and Juliet the 1996 version, he says “Hold, then. Go home, be merry, give consent To marry Paris. Wednesday is to-morrow. Let not the Nurse lie with thee in thy chamber. Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off.” (Romeo + Juliet 1996). He then goes on by saying her body will be at rest while she goes into a pleasant sleep. After this he explains his plan to Juliet and each detail not knowing what could go wrong. This plan that Friar Lawrence made affected the most out of everything because this is when things started going downhill even more. He did not think of the many problems that could happen and all the things that…

    • 1849 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”-Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. This quote embodies the idea that even with good intentions a person can be to blame for a horrible happening of events. The play Romeo and Juliet sets a scene that is used to express this idea by using a character named Friar Laurence whose intentions are only for the good of both the romantic couple and the feuding families. In this play Friar Laurence creates a plan to satisfy both the wants of Romeo and Juliet and his own wants for the feuding to end between the Montagues and the Capulets. In the end, his plan succeeds in ending the feud but costs Romeo and Juliet their lives. Through the actions and intentions of Friar Laurence it can be seen that he is to blame…

    • 265 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Blinded by his good intentions, Friar Lawrence is unable to recognize the dangers of his actions, resulting in the tragic outcome of the protagonists. As Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, he has only the best intents, hoping to, “turn [their] households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3 98-99). The extreme contrast between the “rancor” and “pure love” that the Friar discusses emphasizes that he only wants to help the Capulet and Montague families to resolve their issues for the sake of their children. When Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, he is is mainly focused on bringing their families together. He understands that this newly found unity between them could potentially end the feud. While he means well, he is unable to see the dangers that will…

    • 544 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the play, “Romeo and Juliet,” Friar Laurence is usually not considered a main character, although he has a large role in the story. He is also much different than most of characters in the play. Friar Laurence’s good character traits were greatly contrasted by the Capulets, the Montagues, and Juliet’s nurse. He is one of a kind.…

    • 1146 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    I think that Friar Lawrence shouldn't be punished because he never tried to cause any of the bad things that happened to Romeo and Juliet intentionally. He also is always trying to make Verona a safer place for its citizens. He also helped Juliet and Romeo be together even though he knew that he would be punished if he did. He even helped them when he knew it would not end the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues which was one of the main reasons he helped them to begin with. In the end the Friar was a truly selfless individual who put the needs of Romeo and Juliet and Verona’s citizens over the needs of himself…

    • 590 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Friar Lawrence has a rather strange position in the play Romeo and Juliet. His Character is a very considerate cleric who helps Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. He completes their marriage and gives generally good advice, especially in regard to the need for control. He is the sole character figure of religion in the play. Without Friar Lawrence Romeo and Juliet would not have been able to get married. But Friar Lawrence is also one of the most devious and civil of characters in the play. For example, he marries Romeo and Juliet as part of a plan to end the civil strife in Verona. Also, Friar souls Romeo into Juliet’s room and then out of Verona. He devises the plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet through the misleading ruse of a sleeping…

    • 208 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    ghfhd

    • 924 Words
    • 3 Pages

    To begin, Friar Lawrence’s impulsive actions of marrying Romeo and Juliet and giving Juliet the sleeping potion result in the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet; had he listened to his initial instincts, tragedy could have been averted. First, Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet in an impulsive decision that goes against his initial reaction to Romeo’s request. When Friar Lawrence is introduced in Act II, his opening soliloquy shows a balanced character who recognizes the “two […] opposed” or dual qualities present not only in nature, but in human nature (II.iii.28). He reflects on the fine line between virtue and vice, but lets his own vice of impulsiveness interfere with his own good instincts. For example, when Romeo reveals to Friar Lawrence that his love for Rosaline has been suddenly replaced by love for Juliet, he is shocked: “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!” (II.ii.69). His initial instinct is that Romeo has switched his affection too quickly. Yet, a mere twenty-three lines (of the Friar’s dialogue) later, he agrees to be Romeo’s “assistant” in marrying Juliet (II.ii.97). Cardullo asserts that the Friar agreed without “considering fully the consequences of such a secret marriage between members of feuding families” (63). Of course, the ultimate consequence is the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and this first impulsive action is the beginning of many for Friar Lawrence. The most detrimental impulsive action the Friar commits is providing Juliet with the sleeping potion even though he initially counsels her to accept this turn of events. When Juliet, in desperation, comes to Friar Lawrence’s cell for advice after she finds out about her impending marriage to Paris, he first tells her that “nothing may prorogue it” (IV.i.49). However, after “hearing her declare that she will kill herself, […] he says, ‘Hold, Daughter’” (Cardullo 61). He responds to her impulsivity by impulsively offering a “remedy” that will make it look…

    • 924 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    “Romeo and Juliet” has many important characters. The most important of these are obviously, Romeo and Juliet. However, two characters that are almost as important, but extremely under appreciated, are Friar Lawrence and The Nurse. These two characters play similar roles but are first shown to be polar opposites. Shakespeare uses these characters very well to move the story along. Shakespeare also uses these characters as metaphors. The Nurse is supposed to be the heart and Friar Lawrence, the head. The Nurse and Friar are used not only to manipulate the characters but they are also used to affect how the audience is feeling. Both these characters have extremely important roles throughout the play, both very similar and both different.…

    • 1683 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence was a monk, and a counselor, who came up with intricate plots and concocted a seemingly magical elixir in order to solve problems that the lovers encountered. Friar Lawrence had a profound impact on the outcome of this Shakespearean play; however, in a way that led to catastrophe. There are many factors that caused the deaths of the lovers, but two of the most important were how Friar Lawrence disregarded his own logic, and how he missed numerous opportunities to save the lovers.…

    • 693 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two characters from feuding families who are brought together by fate. Romeo, a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet, even though she is to be married to Count Paris, kinsman to Prince Escalus. Romeo and Juliet’s parents would not have approved their marriage. In secrecy, Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet, lies to Juliet’s parents about the situation, and creates a crazy plan to fake Juliet’s death, which does not turn out as intended. Friar Lawrence’s involvement in the marriage of Romeo and Juliet, his lying to the Capulets, and his role in the false death of Juliet are all factors that prove he is to blame in their untimely deaths.…

    • 568 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Both Friar Lawrence and The Nurse are loyal to Romeo and Juliet (respectively), they have defended, protected and have helped upkeep their well being, but do not always make decisions in their best interests, which in fact lead to both of their demises.…

    • 833 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Firstly, I will concentrate on Friar Lawrence, a religious man and an advisor to both Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence was not in favour of either of the two houses and was friendly with them equally, however he believed he could make them friends, “For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households rancour to pure love”. The Friar plays a large role in their deaths. In secret, he marries the couple which is the start of the tragedy, from here on everything begins to turn sour. The Friar gives Juliet a potion which is designed to make her look deceased so that she can run away and live with Romeo. Stupidly, the Friar himself does not deliver this message to Romeo, which ultimately caused both their deaths. He was relying on another Friar to deliver the message for him, and does not think to check if the message was delivered. Furthermore, Friar Lawrence acted as a coward, at the point when Juliet needs the Friar’s help the most he runs away leaving her to kill herself. If the Friar was with Juliet she would not have had the opportunity to kill herself! His appalling decisions and ideas undoubtedly doomed both Romeo and Juliet.…

    • 855 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    At first glance, some may look over the character of Friar Laurence and only see him as only a minor character in the story of Romeo and Juliet. However, upon closer examination, it becomes obvious that the Friar plays an essential role in the development of the play and is notable for moving the action along. Friar Lawrence is an expert of plants and natural remedies. At the beginning of the play, we learn that he is very close with Romeo and does many favors for him. Romeo considers Friar Laurence someone he can confide in, and opens up to him and tells him about his new lover, Juliet, as soon as possible. The Friar is not convinced and feels that Romeo is not making very good decisions. Being a very wise man, he warns Romeo to slow down a bit, but Romeo sticks to how he feels about Juliet throughout the play. At this point, the only good Friar Laurence sees in the relationship is that it could eventually bring together the houses of Capulet and Montague. This character of Friar Laurence stands firm throughout the play, as he attempts to guide Romeo and Juliet during their struggles.…

    • 676 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays