Friar Laurence: The Puppet Master In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Friar Laurence: The Puppet Master Ever wondered who was pulling the strings to end the hateful feud between the Capulets, and the Montagues in the famous play Romeo and Juliet? Look no further, Friar Laurence is your man. By pulling the strings like a skillful puppet master behind the scenes Friar Laurence, had the greatest impact to ending the hateful feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. First of all, the Friar got Romeo and Juliet together though marriage. Shakespeare states in the prologue “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life/Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Doth with their death bury their parents' strife,” (Shakespeare Prologue.6-8). Most scholars identify that those lines are explaining that Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other and become lovers, despite being member of opposite families in the feud. With friar marrying the Friar marrying the teens together leads them one step closer to their tragic death, and ending the disastrous feud. Another way to fully analyze this idea is when Romeo approaches Friar Laurence to ask him to marry him with Juliet. In the text when the Friar finally gets through to the shock of the surprising news he then states “For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households' rancor to pure love,” (Shakespeare II.iii.91-92).…show more content…
However they forget that the chain reaction caused by the friar would not have happened without his guidance. As it is shown when the Friar proposes for Juliet to take a potion to cause her to seem to be dead for 42 hours, while he sends for Romeo to come and get her at her family tomb. This plan then went to ruin when Romeo did not get wind of Juliet’s fake death. Later causing him to kill himself and Paris in Juliet’s tomb and Juliet to kill herself in the end. With the chain reaction that friar causes not only he accidently causes Romeo and Juliet’s death but finishes the feud once and for
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