Comparing The Actions Of Friar Lawrence In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The theme is revealed in the actions of Friar Lawrence. Throughout the story he helps Romeo and Juliet avoid trouble. At the beginning of act II, Romeo comes to the friar and asks if the friar will marry him and Juliet. The Friar tells him that he is not thinking clearly and that a relationship with Juliet is dangerous. He wants Romeo to take a minute to think before he makes a decision because his love is “not truly in [his] eyes, but in [his] heart,” (II, iii, 68). The friar thinks that Romeo is not thinking with his head, and that he could avoid a lot of trouble if he uses his free will to stay away from Juliet. But Romeo insists and the Friar agrees to marry them, but he does not make this decision because he thinks they are destined to …show more content…

At the beginning of the story he decides to pursue Juliet by going to her window after the party. Then, after talking with Juliet he decides to get married. Their marriage was not just something that happened to them, Romeo and Juliet had to decide to get married and then he had to decide to seek out the Friar. Even after the Friar protests, Romeo continues to “stand on sudden haste,” (II, iii, 93). After they are married Romeo goes into town and sees Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt (who hates Romeo). He can tell that Tybalt is in a bad mood, but provokes him anyway by hinting that there is something going on that Tybalt does not know about. Tybalt gets mad and a fight starts during which Romeo’s friend Mercutio dies. Romeo wants to avenge his friend and decides that “[Tybalt] or [himself], or both, must go with [Mercutio],” (III, i, 127). He begins a fight and kills Tybalt. This angers the Prince who punishes Romeo by banishing him. The Friar and Juliet make a plan to get Juliet to him but they are unable to tell Romeo about it. The only part of the plan that Romeo hears is that Juliet is dead. He doesn’t want to live without Juliet, so he seeks out an apothecary that he knows is desperate enough to sell him poison. Finally when he goes to see Juliet’s ‘dead’ body, he sends his friend away and chooses to drink the poison. Everything that happens to Romeo happens because of a choice he makes. He chose to pursue Juliet, he chose …show more content…

She is the character that first suggests that she and Romeo should get married. When she does this she is taking control of her life and making a decision. Once Romeo is banished her parents tell her that she must marry a man named Paris. Juliet insists that she will not marry yet, and when she does “It shall be Romeo,” (III, v, 123). Then she chooses to seek out the Friar. The Friar helps her come up with a plan to pretend she is dead so she can escape the city. Even when the Friar warns her the plan might be dangerous, Juliet insists that she wants to go through with it. After she wakes up from drinking the potion, she sees Romeo dead. She gets so upset that she stabs herself with his dagger. Juliet is in complete control of what she is doing. She could have walked away and eventually gotten over Romeo, but she chooses to die rather than live without

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