The Misguided Advice of Friar Laurence in "Romeo and Juliet" Analytical Essay by CanadianThinker

The Misguided Advice of Friar Laurence in "Romeo and Juliet"
How Shakespeare uses the character of Friar Laurence to alter the destinies of "Romeo and Juliet".
# 45449 | 1,370 words | 1 source | MLA | 2003 | CA
Published on Nov 05, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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An overview of the actions Friar Laurence took in advising Romeo and Juliet, his possible motivations, and their results. Split into three sections, the first focuses on the Friar's relationship with Romeo; the second, on his relationship with Juliet; and the third, tying the two together and exploring the consequences of the Friar's actions. The paper takes a somewhat defensive view of the Friar, pointing out that he did nothing maliciously, but that perhaps his confinement as a Franciscan monk had made him immature in his ability to advise the young lovers.

From the Paper:

"In Romeo & Juliet, Friar Laurence provides an interesting departure from Shakespeare's regular devices of tragedy. Instead of inescapable fate and/or evil schemers leading to the deaths of the main characters, Friar Laurence single-handedly causes one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with no thought of evil, and no help from fate. Instead, misappropriated influence combined with lack of worldly experience, panic and cowardice conspire to alter the Friar's well-intentioned advice and actions into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, those he was trying to help."

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