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There are several ways to look at Friar Lawrence some more fit than others I found three of these but first the basic facts about him He is Catholic when Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet England was a Protestant country Many writers of the time made fun of Catholics in their plays but Friar Lawrence is treated respectfully and has perfection and faults like everyone else As a member of the Order of St Francis a group of wise and generous priests he means well throughout the play many people come to him for advice and he does his best to help them Romeo and Juliet trusted Friar Laurence completely turning to him for his advice and solutions He often reminds Romeo of the Churchs teachings and he tries to use his position to end the feud Hes an outdoors man St Francis loved nature and so did Friar Lawrence He gives a significant description of the dawn and he knows the plants and flowers well enough to make medicines One view holds that he is a foolish old man who sends the lovers to their deaths I feel that he lives shut away in an abbey and doesnt understand other peoples passions Romeo accuses him of this in Act III Thou canst not speak of what thou dost not feel III iii 64 Since he cant understand their passions the best he can do is offer shallow words and philosophy instead of wisdom I feel his words of caution before Romeo and Juliets wedding are empty as is his comfort to Romeo after Tybalts death He isnt wise but awkward and his allowing the marriage and giving Juliet the risky potion is partly what kills the lovers Worse hes a coward If he hadnt been afraid to tell someone like the Prince about the marriage the story could have ended differently And if he hadnt panicked and run away from the tomb he could
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