Why Is Friar Lawrence Important In Romeo And Juliet

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Friar Lawrence is a kind cleric who helps Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. He is the one who performs the marriage between Romeo and Juliet. He warns Romeo to love moderately as he says,"violent delights have violent ends." (2.6). He is the only religious figure in the play but the most scheming one as well. Friar Lawrence has Romeo and Juliet married as part of a plan to stop the strife between the two families in Verona. He plans to use a sleeping potion on Romeo in order for this to happen. Friar Lawrence's plan seems to be good-willed but happens to be the main reason in which the tragedy in the play occurs. Friar seems to foreshadow the coming events early on to Romeo. He even states,"So smile the heavens upon this holy act, that

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