Friar Lawrence Voice Of Reason Analysis

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I agree that Friar Lawrence is not a voice of reason in the play. In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence is portrayed as father figure to both Romeo and Juliet. In this essay, “voice” will refer to one’s decisions and “reason” will refer to rationality. This essay will argue that Friar Lawrence is not a voice of reason in the play as he is a hypocrite and since he is a foolhardy person. Firstly, Friar Lawrence is not a voice of reason in the play as he is a hypocritical person. For instance, the phrase “Two such opposèd kings encamp them still,//In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will.//And where the worser is predominant,//Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.” implies that Friar Lawrence believes that when unruly human desire is more prevailing in a person than divine virtue, the person would be destroyed by their own actions. The phrase “rude will” could refer to a person’s selfish individual desires while “grace” could refer to god’s will or fate. This implies that when a person disregards fate and instead goes after his own selfish desires, he will destroy himself. However, the phrase “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.” suggests that Friar Lawrence completely ignores his own advice when agreeing to marry Romeo and Juliet. He directly contradicts his own words and does not practice what he preaches by…show more content…
The key aspect of being a voice of reason is being someone who attempts to get someone else to make decisions using rational and logical arguments. By being reckless, impulsive and contradictory, Friar Lawrence is not someone who convinces people to make decisions using reasoning and logic. Therefore, I can conclude that Friar Lawrence is not a voice of reason in the
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