The Role Of The Friar In Romeo

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The Role Of The Friar In Romeo + Juliet Essay, Research Paper The Friar directly and indirectly took part in suicide, murder, and other tragic happenings. The Friar is an honored man, who sells herbs and medicines to the people of Verona. He is a type of ancient pharmacist, who has potions for both causes of good and evil. There are three specific instances of the Friar playing a major role in Romeo and Juliet: the impossible marriage of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s “death” plan, and Romeo’s death. Without the Friar many crucial and tragic events would not have happened in Romeo and Juliet. The forbidden wedding of Romeo and Juliet could not have happened without the Friar. First of all, the Friar impulsively agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, even though he knows it

will cause later problems. In the beginning, the Friar thinks that “…this alliance may so happy prove; To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.” (II iv 91-92) Which shows that the Friar has a slight hope of their marriage possibly working. Consequently, at first, he shows no reluctance to marry the two controversial lovers. However, as time moves on, the Friar lets on that he has regrets about the marriage. The Friar feels that “Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” (II vi 15) In other words, the Friar means that he senses that this whole wedding is happening too fast and he radiates a feeling of second thought. If the Friar had thought this crucial decision through he may have prevented many future tragedies. Accordingly, the Friar knows all along that

“These violent delights have violent ends” (II vi 9) The Friar knows that this is an impossible situation, which if made possible by himself will without a doubt end up in tragedy in one way or another. Under these conditions, as the Friar predicts, Romeo sinks into a deep depression, as a result of the fact that he cannot see his wife. Romeo has a one-track mind that is focused on something he cannot have. Similarly, Juliet becomes depressed and is grieving over the reality of her and Romeo’s separation. Without the Friar the two lovers would not have been married, which would have prevented both of these depressions and future problems to come. The Friar is responsible for many problems which have a snowball effect after he assists Juliet with her “death” plan. When

Romeo and Juliet are at their lowest point of depression, and Juliet is expected to marry Paris, she needs an escape plan. Juliet pays a visit to the Friar, who devises a plan for Juliet to fake her death with a sleeping poison. When Juliet asks the Friar to help her break free from her wedding with Paris, he replies that: “If, rather than to marry County Paris, Thou has the strength of will to slay thyself; Then it is likely thou will undertake A thing like death to elude away this shame, That cop’st with death himself to scrape from it; And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy.” (IV i 71-76) Therefore, for the second time, the Friar acts impulsively and agrees to give Juliet this illegal potion. The Friar concocts this entire plan, which will take total perfection and

cooperation on everyone’s part to work effectively. The Friar has to make sure that Romeo is informed of the plan. However, the Friar puts too much trust in Friar John, who consequently fails to deliver the letter to Romeo. Inevitably, it is Friar Lawrence’s’ fault that Romeo is not informed and ends up confused about the recent happenings involving Juliet. Also, the blame of the succeeding events should be thrust upon the Friar too. The Friar played an extremely integral role in this part of Romeo and Juliet. Without his carelessness Romeo and Juliet could have been living happily ever after somewhere in Mantua. Instead of the concluding results of the events to come. Finally, it is the Friars’ fault that Romeo and Juliet are dead, which makes his role undoubtedly