Religion In Romeo And Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, the love between Romeo and Juliet is the main feature of the play. While the love acts as the comic potential between the two characters, it is also the force that steers the star crossed lovers towards the tragic ending. One key factor that plays a role in the use love to steer the play towards tragedy is the theme of religion. Because religion plays an important role in the play by sacrilegiously using, sin as a metaphor for their first kiss, having Romeo abandon Rosaline, and Juliet for leave her fiance for Romeo, Romeo and Juliet's relationship is doomed to end in tragedy. One of the key representations of religion in Romeo and Juliet, is the character of Friar Lawrence. Crucial to the plot, and an overall important character, Friar Lawrence also acts as a father character whom Romeo confides his secrets with. When Romeo tells Friar Laurence of his new romantic interests, he is shocked, “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! / Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, / So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” Because at the time Friar Laurence would have felt that love is a holy experience, he is utterly shocked that Romeo would abandon his previous interests in favor of some new girl. Friar Laurence would have seen this is as sinful behavior that would surely lead to nothing good.…show more content…
Romeo convinces Juliet to convince to kiss her by using sin as a metaphor, This would be considered sacrilegious at the
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