Most of the events that happen in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, lead up to the final conclusion of the couple dying. Many, if not all of the major characters play an ultimate role in the tragic deaths of the “star crossed lovers”. The character that causes the most dramatic effect upon Romeo and Juliet’s deaths if Friar Lawrence. He is the one character who played a role in every aspect of the tragedy, from the marriage, to his plan to rescue Romeo from banishment to the plan to save Juliet from marriage to Paris. First, Friar Lawrence is the one who agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet thinking it would end the feud between the two families. In act 2, scene 3, he says to Romeo “… Come young waverer, come, go with me/ in one respect ill thy assist be, / for this alliance may so happy prove/ to turn households rancor to pure love (89-92). Also, Friar Lawrence scolds Romeo by saying “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! / Is Rosaline whom thou didst love so dear, / so soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies/ not truly in their hearts but in their eyes” (2.3.65-68). He knew Romeo was too immature for marriage, but he agreed to marry them anyway. Friar Lawrence married the two to end a feud, not out of love. Next, Friar Lawrence quickly thought of a plan to save Romeo from banishment and to reunite him with his beloved Juliet. In act 3, scene 3, Friar says, “…Pass to Mantua/ where thou shalt live till we can find a time/ to blaze your marriage” (149-151). Also, Friar says, “Beg pardon of the Prince and call thee back/ with twenty thousand times more joy” (3.3.152-153). He knows Romeo could get in major trouble if he appears again, but he hopes the marriage will make everyone except him again. Finally, Friar Lawrence creates a plan to save Juliet from marrying Paris and to reunite her with her banished Romeo. Friar says, “…Go home, be merry, give consent/ to marry Paris. Tomorrow night, look that thou lie alone” (4.1.92-94). Friar also says, “…When the...
Cited: Kate, Kinsella. "Romeo and Juliet." Prentice Hall Literature. Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. 764-877. Print.
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