The Nurse And Friar Lawrence In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, the Nurse and Friar Laurence played similar roles, both acting as mentors to the young couple. The hatred and tension between the Montagues and Capulets resulted in Romeo and Juliet’s marriage being kept a secret. They had no other choice then to confide their love for one another to the Nurse and Friar Laurence. Romeo and Juliet had warring parents who were not extremely involved in their everyday lives, therefore, the Nurse and Friar Laurence acted as parental figures toward them, guiding them through complicated situations to the best of their ability. These two characters wanted the best for the newlywed couple; however, both contributed to the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet, making some of their guidance useful and some of it useless. The Friar genuinely cared about Romeo, as he tried to provide the best advice to the young man. Prior to their marriage, Friar Laurence urged Romeo to be more cautious with his feelings, considering that he fell out of love with Rosaline so quickly. “Holy Saint…show more content…
They also both contributed to the short lived contentment of Romeo and Juliet. They tried to give the lovers advice that would create a long lasting marriage that would eventually bring peace between the Montagues and Capulets; however, things began to fall apart. The marriage being hidden from both families also made things even more complicated and difficult to manage. Friar Laurence and the Nurse genuinely cared about the young couple and were convinced they could make the undercover marriage work; however, they are both to be blamed for the sudden deaths of the two star crossed lovers, because certain things could have been handled differently. Whether all of the decisions made by the two mentors we're “right” is debatable, but they wanted the absolute best for Romeo and
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