Friar Laurence

By Doug Adolphson


Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy play written by Shakespeare. It includes a love story between two people of homes that hate each other, the Capulets and the Montagues. A character in the play is Friar Laurence. A theme for him is people should communicate their intentions better. Friar being unable to communicate his intentions ended in many bad things, the worst being death.

Act 2, Scene 3

While talking to Romeo, Friar said, "Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken?" (1031, lines 72-73). Friar was trying to talk Romeo out of loving so many random people, but he couldn't communicate with Romeo well enough to stop him from loving Juliet, which will end in their deaths.

Act 4, Scene 3

Juliet was speaking to herself about the potion she received from the Friar, when she said "What if it is a poison which the friar subtly hath ministered to have me dead?" (1079, lines. 26-27). The Friar had bad communication skills because she wouldn't have any doubts about the potion if he was able to communicate his intentions.

Act 5, Scene 1

Romeo, speaking to an apothecary, said "Let me have a dram of poison" (1089, lines 63-64) If Friar was better at communicating his intentions, then he would have been able to stop Romeo from buying poison to kill himself next to Juliet because he would have told him Juliet is not really dead.

Act 5, Scene 3

Just before killing herself, Juliet said "This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die" (1098, lines 183-184). Juliet is going to kill herself because Romeo did. The Friar was not able to get her to leave so that she wouldn't kill herself, showing he should have been better at communicating his intentions.