The Friar’s excessive pride allows him to agree to wed Romeo and Juliet, hoping he can bring the Montagues and Capulets together, though these families hatred spans generations. He even states his goal. “For this alliance so happy prove / To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3. 91-92). Whether the Friar realizes it or not, he has just done something terrible that only strengthens the bond of these two lovers.
Sounds familiar? To dismiss God without giving him serious consideration is something only a fool would do, and to arrive at the conclusion that He does not exist, because a darkened and sin-ravaged heart says so, only compounds the folly. That is one kind of fool, and we should not be surprised to learn that they are many in that category. But there is another category of fools, I call them enlightened fools, those who appear to be something that they are not. These are the ones who do an excellent job of fooling themselves, believing that they are clever, they can have the best of both worlds, have one foot in God and the other in the world, and end up in glory with the saints.
As a Friar, Friar Lawrence does not use his ability and skills wisely to marry the madly in love couple. He assumed that marrying the teenage Romeo and Juliet would stop the long-lasting feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. “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 households’ rancor to pure love.” (Shakespeare, 2.3) Not only did Friar Lawrence irresponsibly marry Romeo and Juliet after the naïve
While commenting on the various uses of a medicinal flower, Friar Lawrence says that “Within the infant rind of this weak flower, poison hath residence and medicine power” (II.iii.23-24). In this passage, Shakespeare uses an extended metaphor that compares plants to human nature. Using this metaphor, Shakespeare suggests that just as the flower has both good medicinal uses and bad, poisonous uses, human nature is both bad and good. Also, by portraying Friar Lawrence as a knowledgeable medicine man, Shakespeare suggests that Friar Lawrence is a wise character whose lines reveal what will happen in the play. By using an extended metaphor to introduce the clear
She says that he should "look like th' innocent flower, / But be the serpent under 't," (1.6.76-78). She’s telling Macbeth to act like he’s innocent and appear like he always has, kind, brave and fair, but actually be a cunning, cruel, ambitious person in order to become king. This is where her manipulative persona comes in to play. She is mistaking his goodness for weakness, and her ultimate goal is to create a two-faced murderer. Even though Macbeth is a generally decent character, he still has the capability to influence people and tell them what to do using fair is foul.
However, the Friar also puts forth another type of cowardice, that he typically withholds, which is his fear of getting blamed, even at the sacrifice of others. When Juliet is in the tomb, with her dead fiance and husband, he leaves her abruptly without physically trying to get her out of the sepulcher with him. His only meager attempts are represented when he
Friar Lawrence agrees to do so because he believes that their love may turn the two families hatred for each other into love. He says that " 'For this alliance so happy prove/ To turn your households ' rancor to pure love '". After Romeo kills Tybalt he is sentenced to banishment. He knows Juliet is hurting from this and threatens to hurt himself, to which Friar Lawrence tells him to stop and be rational. Had he let Romeo go on, the story could have ended right then.
Lord Capulet is responsible for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, five dead and his own family in pieces. He is selfish throughout the play and only does what he thinks is best for his family instead of what would actually benefit those around him. Lord Capulet is egotistical and doesn’t think much of others and the way he treats them. In act 3, scene 5, after Juliet told her mother she doesn’t want to marry Paris, Lord Capulet comes in and says to her, “Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee want: get to thee church o’ Thursday, or never after look me in the face.
However, the audience can actually see the ghost and Hamlet’s words are coherent as he advises Gertrude on ways of seeking forgiveness, therefore Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to explore the theme of madness and advocate his sanity. Moreover, Hamlet also says to Gertrude “That I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft.” Shakespeare exploits this dialogue to illustrate Hamlet is indeed aware of his actions, which seems absurd for a
Romeo is impulsive, not only when he kisses Juliet, but also when he talks to Tybalt “Tybalt, the reason that I have to love the doth much excuse the appertaining rage” (Shakespeare 865). Here Romeo tells Tybalt, that he loves him. Romeo does this with no thought about their last names, he is so in love with Tybalt’s cousin that all of a sudden he forgets about the two family’s bad blood. Friar warns Romeos about rushing into a relationship “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” (Shakespeare 847).
A cup, closed in my true love’s hand?/ Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end./ O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop/ To help me after? I will kiss thy lips./ Haply some poison yet doth hang on them,/ To make me die with a restorative./ (kisses ROMEO)” (5.3.173-179) In Shakespeare 's play, the forcefulness of love can induce people into irrational decisions, causing consequences for the good or bad; love is a cause of violence but also of reconciliation. After the lovers’ deaths the two families realize the consequences of their rivalry. They both agree to stop their feud and the two families come together and unite at the end. “O brother Montague, give me thy hand./ This is my daughter’s jointure, for no more/ Can I demand.
This echos Friar Lawrence’s comments about the flower because the flower will strengthen you if you smell it but will kill you if you eat it. It has two very different effects just like Romeo made Juliet so angry and sad because he killed Tybalt, but at the same time he made her so happy and she loved him so much. Juliet convinces herself to support and forgive Romeo for killing her cousin by realizing that if Romeo hadn’t killed Tybalt then Tybalt would have killed Romeo. She decides that she would rather have Romeo alive and that Tybalt was the villain for trying to kill her husband. She forgives him because he was defending his own
Before the attack on his home is confirmed, Macbeth tells his servant, “As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, / I must not look to have, but in their stead / Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath” (5.3.25-27). After killing too many people, Macbeth finds no purpose in honor or having love like a king normally has because he has survived so long without them, so by now he has adapted to these emptinesses. He has come to the conclusion that friends are no longer necessary because they just create more issues and more curses. They give him a false hope of honor, but the honor will not help him now. Macbeth yearns for the honor which he abandons once he decides to follow Lady Macbeth’s advice.