Friar Lawrence

People should fight for love

Overview

Romeo & Juliet is a play that centers around star crossed lovers from opposing families who sneak around with the help of the Nurse and Friar Laurence to be together, with many twists and turns throughout. Friar Laurence portrays the theme of fight for your love, he fights for this love by agreeing to marry Romeo and Juliet, keeping Romeo updated, quicken up Juliet's funeral, and providing a plan for Juliet to be with Romeo.

ACT 2 Scene 3

Friar responds, "But come young waverer, come go with me. In one respect I'll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your house holds 'rancor to pure love."(1031 l. 97-100) Friar Laurence is talking to Romeo and is concluding that wedding Romeo and Juliet is wrong and dangerous, but also can patch up the family feud between the two opposing families. So, he chooses to restore love. Friar is shown fighting for love by going against both families and accepting to wed Romeo and Juliet to bring love and peace between the enemies.

ACT 3 Scene 3

Friar Laurence explains, "Sojourn in Mantua. I'll find out your man, and he shall signify from time to time."(1060 l.187-188) Romeo is depressed of being banished from Verona and plans to kill himself since he can't be with Juliet, but the Friar comes to the rescue and informs Romeo to journey to Mantua where he can update him frequently because he has connections there. The fight for love is portrayed by the Friar by his actions of guiding Romeo to a certain place so he can give him messages to eventually bring love back together which is bringing Romeo and Juliet together.

Act 4 Scene 5

The Friar helps the Capulet's cope by saying, "The most you sought was her promotion, for 'twas your heaven she should be advanced."(1083 l.81-82) After the death of Juliet the Capulet's are deeply depressed, but if they take to long Juliet will wake up and it will ruin Friar's whole plan. So, Friar Laurence is telling the Capulet's how Juliet is in a better place to cheer them up and to allow the funeral to be quicker. Which displays the theme in the Friar by persuading the Capulet's to quicken up the funeral allows the plan can go in motion for Romeo and Juliet to be together once again in love.
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THEME

ACT 4 Scene 1

Friar Laurence calms down Juliet by revealing,"Take thou this vial, being then in bed."(1075 l.102) In Juliet's world, Romeo is banished, everyone one has abandon her, she is forced to marry Paris, even though she is married and strongly dislikes him. Which brings her the only option of suicide, unless Friar Laurence has a plan. So, she goes to his cell and is happy to learn the Friar does have a plan for her to be with Romeo once again. The theme is shown greatly by the Friar by making a plan that is both risky and dangerous to only bring the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, back together.

Movie Connection

Romeo and Juliet involves many risks taken by both lovers just be together. Which compares to the movie, "The Hunger Games" Katniss takes risks to stay alive and even volunteers to be tribute to save her loved one, her sister.
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