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22 Friar Laurence
In his attempt to help Romeo and Juliet Friar Laurence ends up making rash and dangerous decisions that have serious consequences for the lovers. For example, when Romeo
asks Friar Laurence to marry the him and Juliet, the Friar replies: Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell. But come, young waver, come go with me. In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households rancor to pure love. (2.3.88-92)
Friar Laurence believes that he is doing the two families a favor by marrng the young couple.
He thinks that if Romeo and Juliet were together than it would end the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Secondly, when Juliet goes to Friar Laurence for help to avoid marrying Paris, he reassures her:
Then is it likely thou wilt undertake A thing like death to chide away this shame,
That copst with death himself to scape from it;
And if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy. (4.1.73-76)
Friar Laurence observes how desperate Juliet is, and how she will do anything to be with the man , she truly loves, Romeo. Although he is unsure of the vile he gives to Juliet, he hopes that
r» I: Nasr 2 ultimately it helps their situation more than it hurts them. Lastly, when Friar Laurence enters the
Capulet’s tomb and sees Romeo dead he exclaims:
Romeo! 0 pale! Who else? What Paris too?
And steeped in blood? Ah, what an unkind hour
Is guilty of this lamentable chance! The lady stirs. (5.1.144-14’7) meo dead next to where Juliet sleeps and discovers As the Friar enters the tomb, he discovers Ro he is too late. AlthOugh he made a good choice to personally go to the tomb to save the two lovers, he did not think ahead and instead waits until the time Juliet was to wake up fro Romeo and Juliet, he makes extended sleep. Therefore, as Friar Laurence is attempting to help
gh, that eventually lead the couple to a horrible fate. decisions that are not thought out well enou ...
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