Tragic Heroes- Friar Lawrence
A tragic hero is a character who, although has good intentions, brings doom upon himself because of a flaw in character or error in judgment, and they must be a more honorable person in defeat. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this character is Friar Lawrence because he marries Romeo and Juliet in order to bring the families together and make the couple happy, but brings doom upon them when the two take their own lives. The Friar was a respected member of the community by everyone in Verona, and he admits his mistake in the end, thus becoming more admirable. The Friar in R+J is a person with good initial intentions. He is trying to marry Romeo and Juliet so that there is peace between the two houses and no more fighting in the streets of Verona. It is also clear throughout the play that the Friar cares about Romeo; he says to him, “I’ll give thee armor to keep off that word/ Adversary’s sweet milk, philosophy, / Though thou art banished.”(3.3.57-59). He is saying that even though Romeo was banished from Verona after killing Tybalt, Friar Lawrence will still take care of his well-being and protect him. It is known that Friar Lawrence is trying to help the two households to love one another when he says to Romeo, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3.97-99). The Friarn is saying that he’ll marry Romeo and Juliet in order to turn the two houses hate into “pure love”. But we know that even though Friar Lawrence had good intentions, in the end, his error in judgment causes tragedy. Friar Lawrence had a plan for Romeo and Juliet that was meant to keep them alive, happy and together. Juliet was to fake her own death by drinking a potion that rendered her unconscious for 48 hours. She would be buried in the Capulet vault. Then the Friar would send Romeo, who was banished from Verona, a letter telling him to go to the tomb. Juliet...
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