The Nurse And Friar Lawrence In Romeo And Juliet

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Imagine knowing you are going to meet the love of your life, but also knowing as a result of your love, you and your partner were both going to die. The story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare takes us through the step by step story of the “star crossed lovers” and their passage of their “death-marked love”. Although there are many important figures in the story of Romeo and Juliet, two characters that play the most important role in their story of love are the Nurse and Friar Lawrence. The young teens each had their mentors who they looked up to and seeked guidance from throughout the story. They each played their specific role, as the Nurse tend to be a family member of the Capulets, while although Friar Lawrence did not have a role…show more content…
The reader was told “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” (Prologue 6), which allowed for the reader to know as the story developed, that the big ending was the lovers committing suicide. This is why I believe that the Nurse and Friar Lawrence did not do the right thing, as it led to the lovers taking their life. Both the Nurse and Friar Lawrence knew the situation the lovers in and how they were from “Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” (Prologue 1-4). However, as both of them being grown adults and attempting to mentor young teenagers, the only thing they achieved was misleading Romeo and Juliet to their death. When poor Juliet awoke from her sleep from her potion, to find her love dead and many emotions were running through his head including confusion and depression and rants to the Friar, “O comfortable Friar! Where is my lord? I do remember well where I should be, And there I am. Where is my Romeo?” (5.iii.160-163) As this quote shows, the Friar as well as the Nurse played a huge role in the development in the story, and even to the end Romeo and Juliet looked up to them for advice, where they only got misled all the way to their…show more content…
As the teens, were experiencing something neither of them have ever been through, they looked up to the older adults who had more experience and wisdom then them who was the Nurse and Friar Lawrence. The Friar knew exactly what he was getting into by marrying Romeo and Juliet, as he describes it as "Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast" (2.iii.101). However, it is obvious the reason Friar Lawrence decided to help Romeo and that was for personal benefit. He thought if he could help marry Romeo and Juliet together, that he would get the recognition for stopping the feud between the two houses. If he could do this, he would become very wealthy and recognized in the city of Verona, therefore he attempted, but it strongly backfired. He tells Romeo that, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be, For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancor to pure love”.

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