Katlyn Powers May 7, 2012 English 9AH Ginoplos 3rd The Effects of the Nurse and Friar If a negative action occurs, human nature causes people to naturally want to point the finger at someone else. The truth is that someone is usually to blame for the situation. In Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet confided in Friar Lawrence and the nurse about their secret and forbidden love. Actions by the star-crossed lovers were influenced by the assistance and advice from the nurse and the Friar. The actions of the nurse and the Friar are responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
They decided to get married after their “love fest” in the garden, and this is where their adventure began. The first archetype I have chosen for Romeo was a rebel. Romeo fits this archetype because he is inclined to resist authority and the authority that he is going against is his families’ laws. Romeo is courting Juliet discreetly behind their families back. Romeo is not supposed to have any dealings with her, yet he still fights for love.
Shakespeare employs Friar Lawrence as one of these characters that abets the death of Romeo and Juliet as he fails to deny the two “star crossed lovers” any part in marriage instead aiding their eventual demise through the careful yet greatly flawed plan where Friar Lawrence “gave thee remedy” that formed the basis of the two characters deaths. Not only was Lawrence to blame but it can also be said that parents of Juliet, Lord and Lady Capulet were also at fault forcing their young daughter into early marriage to a man in Paris who Juliet had no feelings for. Her father, Lord Capulet stated “…you will not wed, I’ll pardon you, graze where you will, you shall not house with me.” Here it is evident if Juliet were not to marry Paris her father will “excuse” her to find another home. Such tactics used by Shakespeare prove that Juliet had been terribly misguided from an early age and show that her demise was set up due to poor parenting
Friar Lawrence affects the action of Romeo and Juliet by marrying Romeo and Juliet, helping Romeo escape Verona safely, and helping them reunite by giving Juliet a sleeping potion to fake her death. In Act II scene III, Friar Lawrence says, “For this alliance may so happy prove/ To turn your households’ rancor to pure love (II, iii, 94-95).” This means that Friar Lawrence will agree to marry them, but only because he hopes their marriage will end the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. In Act III scene III, Friar Lawrence says, “Either be gone before the watch be set,/ Or by the break of day disguis’d from hence./ Sojourn in Mantua; I’ll find out your man,/ And he shall signify from time to time/ Every good hap to you that chances here (III,iii,171-175).” This quote states the plan that Friar Lawrence made to help Romeo escape Verona and keep him updated on what happens there. In Act IV scene II, Friar Lawrence says, “There’ll be no warmth or breath to prove that you’re alive. / The color in your lips and cheeks will fade/ to pale ashes; your eyelids will close/ like death when he shuts up the last day of your life (IV, ii, 100-103).” In this quote, he is describing the effects of the potion he will give Juliet to fake her death.
Friar is Not Neutral In Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence is a key character since he is partly responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet by providing them assistance; making him a character that is not neutral in the story. Friar Lawrence hesitantly agrees to marry the couple after advising Romeo that these “violent delights have violent ends” therefore asking the couple to “love moderately” (II. vi. 9/14). He understands that this marriage is based upon an impulsive decision made by the couple since he knows how Romeo reacts to love.
Find examples of this belief in Escalus’ speech? • How do Romeo and Benvolio learn about the Capulet party? The person who is handing out invitations can’t read, so he asks them to help him. • What persuades Romeo to attend the party? He finds out that
This is used in the previous scene when Romeo and Juliet marry in secret by Friar Lawrence. The language used in this scene is also very important and is linked to the character development of Romeo and Mercutio. Mercutio went from being a light-hearted comical person, 'one word with one of us"... Make it a word and a blow'. His attitude is the complete opposite once he is injured by Tybalt 'a plague a both houses'. Romeo went from being a very romantic soft-hearted person and not reacting from Tybalt's threats and pleading not to fight 'good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own, be satisfied'.
Romeo also implies he feels something bad is going to happen which will ultimately end in his death. 5,1,6 “I dreamt my lady came and found me dead” dramatic irony is found in this quote as Shakespeare was trying to hint the audience that something bad is going to happen. In conclusion, disobeying authority or it can have bad results is an important theme of Romeo and Juliet. Nevertheless, authority is not the main message, love and fate are as important as
Hamlet and Laertes are also foils. Such is evident through Laertes’ rage accreted declaration “To cut his throat I’ th’ church,” indicating that he is willing to risk eternal damnation in order to achieve his revenge, whilst Hamlet, the protagonist, who by tradition should be the avenger, refuses to murder Claudius in the Chapel “when he is fit and seasoned for passage”. This demonstrates that revenge is a destructive emotion worthy of perdition. Hamlet, at the end of the play succeeds in his revenge. This is a dramatic irony as it is Laertes’s actions and confession that “the king is to blame,” that catalyzes Hamlet actions, thus enabling the completion of the impending tragedy.
Fate uses the consequences of Tybalt’s death by ruining Friar Laurence’s Plan to help Juliet. Friar Laurence thinks of this play when Juliet is forced to marry Paris, Juliet says if the Friar Laurence does not help he she will kill herself. Friar Laurence suggests this plan to avoid Juliet killing herself. Juliet goes along with the plan, so Friar Laurence sends a letter to Romeo. In Act 5, Scene 2, Friar Laurence gives the note to Friar John and asks if he went to Mantua to give the note to Romeo.