BBC Bitesize - KS3 English Literature - Characters - Revision 4
'Compare Shakespeare Presentation of the relationships between Juliet and the Nurse, and Romeo and Friar Lawrence. How do these two relationships. Romeo enters and Friar Lawrence intuits that Romeo has not slept the night He expresses the hope that the marriage of Romeo and Juliet might end the feud. Free Essay: Friar Lawrence's Advice Romeo and Juliet both trust Friar is now asking advice, as Friar Lawrence realises and tries to object to the marriage of.
Later on in this scene, Friar Lawrence starts to advise Romeo what to do next. Shakespeare could have shown Friar Lawrence like this, as he sees Romeo like a son and the way he is treating him is like a son. However you could argue that Friar Lawrence is trying to control Romeo, which could affect his decisions and lead to some of his impulsive actions.
He figures that for her to fake her own death would cause fewer problems than if she was actually dead. Others may argue that he should have taken precautions to make sure Romeo received the message.Student Exemplar: Is Capulet a Good Father
Towards the end of the play the character of Friar Lawrence is portrayed differently, as he selfishly puts himself first, leaving Juliet to kill herself. You could argue that Shakespeare shows him like this to show the cowardliness in him. Others may say that calling Friar Lawrence a coward is too strong, as he has helped Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. Tybalt is the main encourager of the on going family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.
He narrows the intensity and desire of hatred of all Montagues to just Romeo.
Fate is another aspect that contributes to the death of Romeo and Juliet at the end of the play. When the play was written, fate was thought to be determined by the stars. In act 2 scene 2 Romeo refers to him falling in love with Juliet as fate.
Also as school boys have to go towards their books; it gives a sense that Romeo and Juliet have to be with one another. Shakespeare is ultimately responsible for the deaths of the two lovers, but as Romeo is a tragic hero in a tragic play, it is fate that he will die. From this point on he starts to take control of his life. For him to say he now defies or goes against this being is a big step for him.
Others may argue that Shakespeare added the line in to emphasise the fact that Romeo is now taking control of his own life.
The Crucible- Act Four Essay Romeo and Tybalt are similar, as they are both the young Impulsive males of their families, they are also both emotional. At the ball, Capulet embarrassed Tybalt by showing his disapproval of him fighting with Romeo there and then. The fact that Romeo and Tybalt are so alike, yet so different is why they clash.
Romeo and Juliet
Even at the last when the tragic ending has come, and he is forced to unburden himself of his secret, though he palliates nothing, his confession of error is only conditional; "if aught in this," he says, "Miscarried by my fault, let my old life Be sacrificed some hour before his time Unto the rigour of severest law.
Hudson has "always felt a special comfort in the part of Friar Laurence. How finely his tranquillity contrasts with the surrounding agitation! And how natural it seems that from that very agitation he should draw lessons of tranquillity! According to Gervinus, the Friar "represents, as it were, the part of the chorus in this tragedy, and expresses the leading idea of the piece in all its fullness, namely, that excess in any enjoyment, however pure in itself, transforms its sweet into bitterness; that devotion to any single feeling, however noble, bespeaks its ascendancy; that this ascendancy moves the man and woman out of their natural spheres; that love can only be an accompaniment to life, and that it cannot completely fill out the life and business of the man especially; that in the full power of its first feeling it is a paroxysm of happiness, the very nature of which forbids its continuance in equal strength; that, as the poet says in an image, it is a flower that 'Being smelt, with that part cheers each part; Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Surely he does not seek to "moralize this spectacle" through the agency of one who despite his long years, his acquisition of knowledge, his experience of life, his trusted philosophy, errs so grievously, errs in broad daylight, and without the excuse of passion to disturb his calm and tranquil mind. Shakespeare, it seems to me, dramatizes Brooke's narrative in his own incomparable fashion, and he does nothing more.
From The Works of William Shakespeare. Friar Laurence is full of goodness and natural piety, a monk such as Spinoza or Goethe would have loved, an undogmatic sage, with the astuteness and benevolent Jesuitism of an old confessor — brought up on the milk and bread of philosophy, not on the fiery liquors of religious fanaticism.
Relationships - Friar Laurence
It is very characteristic of the freedom of spirit which Shakespeare early acquired, in the sphere in which freedom was then hardest of attainment, that this monk is drawn with so delicate a touch, without the smallest ill-will towards conquered Catholicism, yet without the smallest leaning towards Catholic doctrine — the emancipated creation of an emancipated poet.
The Poet here rises immeasurably above his original, Arthur Brooke, who, in his naively moralising "Address to the Reader," makes the Catholic religion mainly responsible for the impatient passion of Romeo and Juliet and the disasters which result from it. It would be to misunderstand the whole spirit of the play if we were to reproach Friar Laurence with the not only romantic but preposterous nature of the means he adopts to help the lovers — the sleeping-potion administered to Juliet.
This Shakespeare simply accepted from his original, with his usual indifference to external detail.
The Poet has placed in the mouth of Friar Laurence a tranquil life-philosophy, which he first expresses in general terms, and then applies to the case of the lovers.
He enters his cell with a basket full of herbs from the garden. Some of them have curative properties, others contain death-dealing juices; a plant which has a sweet and salutary smell may be poisonous to the taste; for good and evil are but two sides to the same thing II.