Friar Lawrence Character Analysis

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If two eight-graders came up to you, would you agree to help them elope? In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, two star-crossed lovers struggle to love due to their feudal families, the Montagues and the Capulets. In order to stay with each other for eternity, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, which at the same time, ends the enmity between the rival families. However, part of this tragic death was brought upon by Friar Lawrence, their trusted friend and advisor. Through Friar Lawrence, Shakespeare shows us how shortsightedness will avert our true responsibilities. Friar Lawrence only sees the good effects, but pays no mind to possible mishaps, which causes him to make bad judgments. When Romeo and Juliet fall in love and want to get married, they seek Friar Lawrence to fulfill their desires. At first, Friar Lawrence opposes because he believes that the pace of their relationship is going too fast, but gives in “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love”(Act 2.3 #98-99). Despite the fact that Friar Lawrence had already thought through some of the consequences, like their relationship is not actual love, he only thought through half of it. Once he reaches the happy side of the conclusion, Friar Lawrence does not investigate any further and think of the possible ugly conclusions. His tendency to be so shortsighted is further exemplified later on in the play. With Lord Capulet’s pride taking control of his mind, he forces Juliet to marry Paris without her given consent, which was the initially the plan. Juliet, however, wants to remain faithful to her banished husband and refuses. Her nurse, who supported their quiet relationship, suddenly changes her mind and sides with Lord Capulet. Having nowhere else to go, Juliet seeks Friar Lawrence to ask for his advice on how to approach this dilemma, and even threatens to kill
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