God’s Messenger of Good

One seeks help and advice within others that they take up close in mind, yet do those others take them as close. In the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Friar Lawrence plays a great role of wisdom to two families constantly fighting with each other. He plays a role of caringness to the children of those families and a mastermind to a plan in hope of change. The play describes the love story of a young boy, Romeo and young, Juliet. They come from two different families that are in constant brawls and arguments with one another. Romeo and Juliet bond each other by marriage in hope of preserving their eternal love. Though a series of events occur that separate them farther than ever before. Leaving only one person trying to pull the strings together, Friar Lawrence. He takes up a role to help both of them; try and bring peace to the city of Verona through the love of the two. Making him the hopeful figure of reliability and wisdom. The one tending to fix all issues seeming to not only work for himself, but for others.

Friar Lawrence plays the role of one of “God’s messengers”. He is a very caring soul who not only tries to help, which is his duty in life. He also tries to help since he truly cares for Romeo and Juliet. After the night with Juliet, Romeo only gives his trust to Friar Lawrence which proves how reliable and trustworthy he is. This also shows that Romeo is sure he will be accepted by the Friar early or late, no matter what he does; He proves that by saying “Hence will I go to my ghostly friar’s close cell his help to crave”(2.2.191–192). This way Romeo shows how fond he is of the Friar; how close he takes him to his heart, by bringing such an important subject to the Friar. When reaching the Friar’s cell, who immediately accepts Romeo. Lawrence gains a feeling of worry, why Romeo is here so early as well as, what has happened and if everything is in order. He shows this by calmly asking Romeo, “Therefore thy earliness doth me assure Thou art uproused by some distemperature. Or if not so, then here I hit it right: Our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight” (2.3.40–43). This quote represents how the Friar’s caringness shown by the simple and immediate if everything was in order and why Romeo was here so early without making him feel unsafe. This shows what kind of role the Friar actually plays in Romeo’s life.

All go seek help where they know they will get more than just that. When Romeo went to Friar Lawrence for help and told him of his troubles; the Friar gave him words of wisdom that become his hope. Friar Lawrence talks to Romeo about how he misunderstood the words about Rosaline the previous time they met. Romeo tells him, “And badest me bury love” (2.3.84).Upon hearing this, Friar Lawrence explains himself and what he actually meant for Romeo to understand. These wise words explain the recklessness of the situation in which Romeo stands. The Friar says, “Like power in a skilless soldier’s flask, Is set afire by thine own ignorance; And thou dismembered with thine own defence”(3.3.133–135). This line tells Romeo that he is going about something big in such a way that he is gonna hurt himself; these words prove the Friar’s wisdom and straightforwardness. Not sugarcoating the fact he uses metaphors, example of which is him talking about Romeo acting like a soldier who kills himself with his own gunpowder. Those metaphors imprint the words and make them stronger and make Romeo think about his actions.

The most intelligent plan may not always be the best plan. Which is the opposite of what the Friar thought. If he had not been so blind to achieve his personal goal, he might have invented a better way to solve the issue. When Romeo was sent to banishment Juliet was left to deal alone with everything. On top of all she was in the situation being forced to marry Count Paris the Friar tells her of a plan that just comes to him, “Hold, daughter. I do spy a kind of hope, which craves as desperate an execution as that is desperate which we would prevent. If rather than to marry County Paris, Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself, Then is it likely thou wilt undertake a thing like death to chide away this shame, That copest with death himself to ‘scape from it” (4.1.70–77). The plan is very complex and dangerous, it proves the intelligent thought and open mindedness that the Friar has within him. It in a way also keeps Juliet’s hopes alive and brings a stronger motivation upon her, to work towards freeing herself from the troubles at home. The Friar then sends her away, “Hold. Get you gone. Be strong and prosperous In this resolve. I’ll send a friar with speed To Mantua with my letters to thy lord.”(4.1.126–128). The Firar explains how the plan will proceed and what Juliet has to do. He tells her to be strong, yet the plan itself needs much to be done in order to be achieved. The Friar goes on immediately to design all areas to make it work as stated. Yet with his intelligence trying to do good he brings about more failure than success.

You seek the aid of those you trust. Those wishing to do good for you and with you. Sometimes those people don’t really understand if they are doing this for you, but for themselves. Friar Lawrence, who was the barrier between the two families, trying to calm the ocean on either side and not let it overflow. In a way that barrier destroys the rhythm of the waves even though it’s there for well being. Friar Lawrence, who indeed cared about both Romeo and Juliet couldn’t keep the oceans calm. Though his wisdom taught them all something it was never enough for only Romeo and Juliet took up his words for true meaning. His intelligence caused more harm than good, but it also in the end did bring peace. Yet at the unfair price of death. Would one really trust that much? To set one’s life in the hands of someone who might be doing it all for themselves.