Is Friar Lawrence a Fatherly Figure?

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This essay will be discussing Friar Laurence being a role model and a father figure. Friar Laurence is wise, has a caring nature and has control over most of the situations occurring in Romeo and Juliet. Firstly, Friar Laurence is a very intelligent pope. In Romeo and Juliet, he communicates with Romeo about Romeo`s new infatuation with Juliet. Friar Laurence realises that Romeo is very hasty and quick in things, since Romeo had lost his love for Rosaline in one night. Therefore, he tells Romeo that he should slow down a bit. However, Romeo stood firm in his decision of loving Juliet. Friar Laurence quotes in Act II Scene III that, “Young men’s love then lies/Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” This describes that Friar Laurence speaks wisely. However, Friar Laurence isn’t very clever when he tried to marry Juliet and Romeo. The Friar should have known the consequences that could have occurred if their marriage was revealed. Even so, he wanted to bring together the Montague`s and Capulet`s, to finally create peace between them. Another quote the Friar states is; “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” in the end of Act II Scene III. Friar Laurence is basically stating that Romeo shouldn’t rush anything otherwise, he would make a mistake. Secondly, Friar Laurence is very considerate. He is seen as the “peace maker” in the play when he marries Romeo and Juliet even though he thought that they weren’t really in love. All the Friar wanted to do was bring harmony to the feuding families. Ironically, his intention was never truly fulfilled because the conditions surrounding the marriage were nearly impossible for amity to occur. When Paris informs Friar Laurence of the marriage he wishes to have with Juliet, the Friar instantly knew he was in trouble. Being the religious man he is, he had to make sure Juliet didn’t get married twice. Upon
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