Friar Laurence

People should be willing to help those in need.

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Act 2, Scene 3: Theme in relation to Friar Laurence

Friar Laurence is speaking to Romeo, and believes he can unite the Montague and Capulet family, so he says: "In one respect I'll give thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happily prove to turn your households' rancor to pure love" (1031 95-100). Friar Laurence is willing to marry Romeo and Juliet in order to unite the households and bring peace to Verona, henceforth helping Romeo, Juliet, and the rest of the Veronian population.

Act 4, Scene 1: Theme in relation to Friar Laurence

When Juliet feels she has nowhere left to turn, she goes to talk to Friar Laurence and tells him she will kill herself. In reply, Friar Laurence tells her, "...A thing like death to chide away this shame, that copest with death to scape from it; and, if thou darest, I'll give thee remedy" (1047 80-85) Friar Laurence gives advice to Juliet, and offers help to her when hse needs it, as he is always doing for anyone who needs help.

Act 4, Scene 5: Theme in relation to Friar Laurence

After Juliet has "died" Lord and Lady Capulet are terribly shaken, and Friar Laurence attemps to comfort them by saying "Heaven and yourself had part in this fair maid, now heaven hath all..." (1083 75-80). Once again, Friar Laurence is there to comfort those who need it. He follows a theme of always helping those who need it, regardless of how much they deserve it or not.

Act 3, Scene 3: Theme in relation to story

In relation to the story and theme, Throughout the story, those who help others rather than themselves ended up being well-off, rather than those who only helped themselves and ended up, well, dead, Friar Laurence once again, helped Romeo out by convincing him that he shouldn't kill himself because he has lots of things to live for, by saying "Hold thy desperate hand. Art thou a man?" (1059 125-130). Friar Laurence gives Romeo another plan to follow so that he can live his life with Juliet. It doesn't actually work but Friar Laurence did all he could tp help Romeo and Juliet.

...and this is not what it looks like...

Hannah Marxer

Advanced English 1


9 December 2014