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Friar Lawrence is introduced when he is collecting herbs for medicine.

Friar Lawrence believes people are both good and evil.
Friar Lawrence believes people are both good and evil.

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Friar Lawrence is caught in the middle of Juliet and Romeo's love and agrees to marry them.

Friar Lawrence

By: Keani, Preston, Abby, and Alexandra

First Impression of Friar Lawrence:

Friar Lawrence is first introduced to the audience during Act 2 Scene 3. Friar Lawrence works with the church and is very thoughtful. When the scene opens, Friar Lawrence is collecting herbs for medicine. This shows that people come to him for other things than religious related concerns.They also seek aid from him when they are sick; for medicine and antibiotics. He must be an educated person in many areas and is trusted and respect by society if he is able to make medicine for people. In his first lines he begins by talking about how the herbs he is collecting have both the power to heal but are also toxic.
Friar Lawrence thinks things through carefully and thinks both of the positive outcomes and negative outcomes that the action will lead to. "Poison hath residence and medicine power: For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part; Being tasted, stays all sense with the heart." 2.3.24-27 Here he talks about a flower that when smelt makes you feel happy, but when you eat it, it kills you. Friar Lawrence looks on life with a Jekyll-Hyde point of view. He thinks that everything good also has a bad side, and bad things also have a good side. "In men as well as herbs-grace and rude will; And where the worser is predominant, Full soon the canker death eats up that plant." 2.3.29-31. As Friar Lawrence finishes his soliloquy, he states that plants and humans are alike. They both have a lovely side but also the desire for evil and violence. Friar Lawrence speaks his mind but respects other people. After Friar Lawrence hears that Romeo no longer loves Rosaline he says "Young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes." 2.3.71-72. He continues his speech and scolds Romeo for all of a sudden leaving Rosaline behind after all of his sorrow over her, however, he respects Romeo's feelings and ends with an educated reasoning towards the situation; which is the two households will no longer be hostile towards each other. Friar Lawrence is educated and knowledgeable with his own philosophy on life.

I Am What I Say:

"The Earth's that's nature's mother is her tomb;
What is her burying grave, that is her womb.."
What Earth creates comes from the Earth, but we
bury people in the same place. So there tombs are also
where things, like plants, are birthed.
Friar Lawrence is very deliberate. He is very studious and thinks a lot about the world that he lives in. He realizes that not all things are good or bad, but that everything has a good an bad side to it.
"Young men's love the lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes."
Young men truly love with their eyes and not in their hearts.
Friar Lawrence is very philosophical. He is knowledgeable and has he own insight about life. Based on how quickly Romeo's love interest changed, he concludes that men only see love in their eyes and not in their heart. Friar Lawrence seems to evaluate
others and make conclusions based on their actions.
"For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn your households' rancor to pure love."

The alliance of a Montague and Capulet being married
may bring two houses that hate each other, together,
and love each other instead.
Not unlike Benvolio, Friar Lawrence wants to keep the peace. However he
sees more than keeping the peace, he sees an ending to the bitter hatred between
these two families. Although he knows the risks of marrying Romeo
and Juliet he believes it may achieve something better.
"These violent delights have violent ends..."
The more dangerous the love affair the more dangerous
the end result will be if they are found out.
Friar Lawrence has some slightly spooky foreshadowing here. This tells you
that Friar Lawrence knows just how dangerous this marriage is. If the separate
families find out that Romeo and Juliet are married they may over look the thought
of peace and resort to violence instead.
"Come, come with me, and we will make short work,
For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone
Till Holy Church incorporate two in one."
Come with me and get this over with quickly. You will beg pardons and I on behalf will make you a couple.
Friar Lawrence is willing tom marry Juliet and Romeo
However, he wants it done fast. He does not want to get caught and does not want Romeo or Juliet to get caught either.
"Romeo, come fourth; come fourth, thou fearful man.
Affliction is enamored of thy parts, And thou art wedded to calamity."
Romeo come here, come here you frightful man. Distress is in love with your attractive qualities and you are married to disaster.
Friar Lawrence uses many parts of speech and descriptive language when he talks. This is an example of a personification and a metaphor. "Distress is in love" is a personification because distress obtained the human quality of loving. "You are married
to disaster" is a metaphor because Friar Lawrence is saying the situation that Romeo is in is like being married to disaster. Romeo is being compared to a disaster.
"Thy fault our law calls death, but the kind Prince,
Taking thy part, hath rushed aside the law
And turned that black word "death"
to "banishment."
This dear mercy, and thou seest not."
The fault you committed calls for death, but the kind Prince
ignored the law and instead of death, you are only banished.
This is kind mercy and you do not see it.
Friar Lawrence and Romeo are taking Romeo's banishment from Verona in two
different ways. Romeo is devastated that he is to be gone and will never see
Juliet again. However Friar Lawrence is looking on the bright side of things. He says
overall this is better than death. He is grateful that the Prince has spared Romeo's
life but Romeo would rather die than be banished from seeing Juliet. Friar
Lawrence is surprised that Romeo does not see the mercy that he has been given.
"Fie, fie, thou shamest thy shape, thy love, thy wit,
Which, like a usuerer abound'st in all
And usest none in that true use indeed
Which should bedeck thy shape, thy love, thy wit."
Romeo is shaming his manliness, his love for Juliet, and his
intelligence. You are a wealthy man with an abundance of
every good quality needed, yet you use none of your
qualities truly.
Friar Lawrence is appalled at Romeo's behavior of trying to kill himself. Friar Lawrence
explains that the way he is acting is putting shame on himself and the people around
him. He scolds Romeo once again about his love problems saying he is a great man
but he doesn't use his greatness properly.
"Take though this vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor, drink thou off
When presently through all thy veins shall run

O Juliet, I already know thy grief.
I strains me past the compass of my wits. I hear thou must, and nothing may progue it, on Thursday next be married to this County.

A cold and drowsy humor; for no pulse
Shall keep his native progress so surcease.
No warmth, not [breath], shall testify you livest."
Drink this vial when you go to sleep. This liquid will become
infused in the body and will flowing through your veins.
You will fall asleep and your pulse will stop, not a breath, or warmth will give her "death" away.

Oh, Juliet, I know what saddens you, and it makes me sad too. I am going crazy, knowing that you will be married against your will to the County on Thursday.

Friar Lawrence cares about Romeo and Juliet. He could have left himself out of the matter after he had married the two, because
that is all he said he would do. However, he prevents Juliet from killing herself and is going to help her get out of marriage that he father
has arranged for her. This now puts the Friar into more danger than before.

As the wedding day for Juliet and Paris approaches, Friar Lawrence becomes quite anxious, doing all he can to comfort Romeo and Juliet. The strain takes an emotional toll on the poor Friar, who is caught between deciding to do what is lawful, and what he believes is right.
"Peace, ho, for shame! Confusion's [cure] lives not `
In these confusions. Heaven and yourself
Had part in this fair maid. Now heaven hath all,
and all the better is it for the maid."
Keep peace, be quiet, for shame! The solution to this ruin is not with your outbursts of yelling.
Both you and heaven each had a share in loving and raising Juliet.
Now heaven has all of her and she is in a better place.
Friar Lawrence is trying to calm the Capulets, Paris, and the Nurse after they have just discovered Juliet "dead." Friar Lawrence knows
she is still alive but he trying to hide his secret so they can continue with their plan
to get Romeo and Juliet out of Verona. If the Capulets find out what he had done, he himself will probably be banished from Verona as
well. He tries to sooth the situation because everyone in the room is expressing their griefs very loudly.
"The most you sought was her promotion,
For 'twas your heaven she should be advanced;
And weep you now, seeing she is advanced
Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?'

"Sir, you go in, and, madam, go with him, and go, Sir Paris. Everyone prepare to follow this fair corse unto her grave. The heavens do lour upon you for some ill. Move them no more by crossing their high will."

The most you wanted for her was to marry wealthy, that was your idea of heaven. And now you cry even though she has reached high above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?

Sir, go, and you madame, go with him, and go, Sir Paris. Everyone ready yourself to follow this beautiful body to her grave. The heavens frown on you for some reason. Do not provoke them by prolonging Juliet's burial.

Friar Lawrence is trying to explain to the Capulets that Juliet is in a better place. They should not be crying because she has reached the level that her parents wanted her to be at, to even more an extent than they wanted at this time
in her life. Friar Lawrence wants them to be happy for her even though it is a very sad and emotional time.

Friar Lawrence advises them that further lamentation, and the delay of the Juliet's burial, may bring more misfortune to the Capulets.

"Now must I to the monument alone.
Within three hours will fair Juliet wake.
She will beshrew me much that Romeo
Hath no notice of these accidents.
And keep her in my cell till Romeo come."
I must go to the monument by myself. Juliet will wake
up in three hours. She will curse me so Romeo will
no nothing of these events. I will keep her in my cell
until Romeo gets here.
Friar Lawrence realizes now that his plan has gone terribly wrong. He now must do this himself, not let anyone do it, for they might mess it up.
Friar Lawrence still cares for the couple even though so much had gone
wrong and is still willing to take risks for them.
"Stay not to question, for the watch is coming.
Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay."
Don't remain here to ask what has happened because the watchman is coming. Come on, let's go, good Juliet. I dare not to stay any longer.
Ever since the beginning of this play, Friar Lawrence has been loyal to Romeo and Juliet's situation. He has been willing to take risks to get them together that could cost him his life. He does not want to get caught and does not want to lose
the trust that the people of Verona have in him, become stripped of his priesthood and possibly killed or banished as Romeo was. He makes a selfish decision for the first time in the book and leaves Juliet alone to bear the death of Romeo. He does
not take into account how she would handle the death. Juliet ended up killing herself. Because of these actions, Friar Lawrence's "bad" side came out. This supports his idea that good and evil are in everyone and they are shown depending on the
situation that the person is in at the time.
"I married them, and stol'n their wedding day, was Tybalt's doomsday.."
I married them and on their secret wedding day Tybalt was killed.
Friar Lawrence loves the truth. Although it is easier to tell the truth when the people are dead, I believe that Friar Lawrence would have told the truth in the end anyway, even if Romeo and Juliet were alive.
"I am the greatest, able to do the least,
suspected as the time and place
Doth make against me, of this direful murder.
And here I stand, both to impeach and purge
Myself condemned and myself excused."
I am the greatest suspect of this murder. There is a lot of evidence against me. I will condemn myself of what I am guilty, and clear myself from what I am innocent.
Friar Lawrence knows that there is a ton of evidence against him, and it would be eay for the Montagues and Capulets to sentence him to death or banishment. However, he still tries for a shot at talking everything through.
"And if aught in this
Misscarried by my fault, let my old life
Be sacrificed some hour before his time
Unto the rigor of severest law."
And seeing that this whole thing is my fault, let me, being old, be sacrificed by the severest law.
Romeo and Juliet are dead. Friar Lawrence feels that to some extent it is his fault because the message that he sent to Romeo didn't make it causing Romeo to commit suicide. He automatically offers that his life be taken to make up
for his mistakes that he made and the death of Romeo and Juliet.

Brief Synopsis of the Scenes Where Friar Lawrence Appears

Act 2, Scene 3
  • Romeo arrives
  • Finds Friar Lawrence is picking herbs
  • Friar is thinking about whether the herb is poison or healthy
  • Romeo tells him of his love (Juliet)
  • Friar Lawrence Agrees to marry the two
  • He hopes this will create peace between the families
Act 2, Scene 6
  • Frair Lawrence warns Romeo about marrying Juliet
  • Romeo agrees that the marriage is hasty
  • Says he will not allow "love-devouring hate" to take away from his happiness
  • Juliet arrives
  • They go to the church to be married
Act 3, Scene 3
  • Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that he is banished
  • Romeo is really sad because he will be away from Juliet and that is as bad as death
  • The Nurse arrives and tells Romeo about how sad Juliet is
  • Romeo attempts suicide, but the Friar Lawrence prevents him
  • Friar tells Romeo to go to Juliet at night as planned
  • At daybreak he is to flee to Mantua
  • Friar promises to find a way to announce their marriage
  • This will gain pardon for Romeo so he can return
Act 4, Scene 1
  • Paris tells Frair Lawrence about his proposal to Juliet
  • Wedding will take place in two days
  • Friar Lawrence offers many reasons why they should postpone the marriage
  • Juliet begs the Friar to a way out of her predicament
  • Gives a potion to Juliet that will knock her out for 42 hours
  • She is to take it the night before wedding
  • She will seem completely dead
  • The family will place her in the family tomb and Romeo will meet her there when she wakes up
  • They will flee to Mantua.
  • The Friar will tell Romeo about the plan as well
  • Juliet agrees

Act 4, Scene 5

  • Nurse comes into wake Juliet because Paris has arrived
  • She finds her "dead"
  • Lady Capulet, Capulet, Nurse and Paris shout out their grievances
  • Friar Lawrence demands they stop
  • He says they will not resolve what has happened by shouting
and he says she is not in a better place with all of her in heaven
  • They leave and Peter enters
  • Tells the musicians to play a happy song to lighten the mood
  • The musicians say that is not appropriate
  • He insults them by singing a song and then leaves
Act 5, Scene 2

  • Friar John comes to Friar Lawrence telling him he couldn't
deliver the letter to Romeo
  • He was meeting with another Friar to have
accompaniment to Mantua
  • People thought they had an infectious plague
that was in that city at the time
  • They were kept in a room and weren't let go
  • Friar Lawrence rushed off to the tomb
to be there when Juliet wakes up
Act 5, Scene 3

  • Romeo and Paris find each other at Juliet's tomb
  • They fight and Romeo kills Paris
  • Romeo breaks into Juliet tomb kisses her and then drinks a poison to kill himself
  • Friar Lawrence rushes in and sees them dead
  • Juliet wakes up
  • Friar Lawrence tells her they must go but she refuses
  • Friar Lawrence gets scared he is going to be caught so he runs away
  • Juliet sees Romeo dead and stabs herself with his sword
  • Everyone comes into the tomb, Capulets, Montagues, the Prince and Friar Lawrence
  • Friar Lawrence explains everything that has happened
  • The Montagues and Capulets agree to stop fighting

Final Assignment