When Friar Lawrence is first seen, he is tending to his plants and talking to himself about how even “within the infant rind of this weak flower/ Poison hath residence.” In his soliloquy he is talking about how malice and misfortune hide in the best and most innocent of intents.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play in which a pair of star-crossed lovers commit suicide, when their family’s feud won’t let them be together.
There are many characters in this play that contribute to keeping the plot line, one of whom is Friar Lawrence.
The ‘vice’ (poison) is necessary (‘by action dignified’) because it is the hope of a life with Romeo he can give an otherwise suicidal Juliet.
Throughout the play Friar Lawrence is used as a tool by Shakespeare to foreshadow events.
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.Throughout the play Friar Lawrence is a tool used by Shakespeare to foreshadow events and is shown to be a reckless character whose inability to trust his instincts and lack of thought for the welfare of the two lovers leads to much death and despair.Friar Lawrence is depicted as a wise man who attempts to guide Romeo throughout the play, but does not follow the advice he himself gives, which leads to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.Writing about context for any essay can be daunting, since it often seems difficult to know what to revise and remember for your exam as you don’t know what the question will be.In answer to this question, it is the relevance of the context that is the most important part not the inclusion of context in your essay.‘Shakespeare was born in 1564’, not particularly relevant to the text, try to remember context that is less specific but relevant to the play, such as, ‘In the Elizabethan era, it was widely believed that suicide damned you to Hell’.This is much more useful contextual knowledge to remember, as it is directly linked to the play.1) When you revise, try to remember context that is ‘broad’- that is, contextual information on your text that can be manipulated to many different types of question.For example, instead of remembering lots of specific facts and dates, e.g.2) Once you have chosen what context to revise, it is important to use it in the most relevant way.For example, instead of writing a separate paragraph on Elizabethan religious beliefs, you might use this context in a way that supports your answer to the essay question, which would gain you high marks.