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How did Romeo react to the news of his banishment? This is in Act 3, scene 3. Also,...

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ducksgocluck | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2010 at 12:21 PM via web

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How did Romeo react to the news of his banishment? This is in Act 3, scene 3.

Also, Romeo tells Friar Laurence that the priest cannot know or understand how Romeo feels. Why is this? And what argument does Friar Laurence give to prevent from Romeo killing himself?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM (Answer #1)

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When Friar Laurence tells Romeo that he has been banished, Romeo reacts badly.  He tells the Friar that this is worse than death.  That's because he thinks being separated from Juliet is worse than death.

He says this to Friar Laurence because Laurence is not young like him and not in love like him -- basically they're not in the same situation.

To get Romeo not to kill himself, Friar Laurence scolds him a bunch.  He tells him he's being selfish, tells him he's being irrational, tells him it would be a mortal sin.  He also tells Romeo that Romeo has lots of reasons to be happy he's alive, starting with the fact that Juliet loves him.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 31, 2010 at 4:22 PM (Answer #2)

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In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, Romeo is banished from the city of Verona for killing Tybalt. Friar Laurence tries to advise him. In this scene we see a less attractive but possibly realistic side of Romeo's character. To some members of the audience he will come across as self-pitying and sad - a wimp or a person who is defeatist, cowardly and negative. Like a typical teen he threatens to do away with himself if he does not get what he wants as life would not be worth living - saying that adults don't know what it's like. In this case the reason that's true is that Friar Laurence is of course a priest, and celibate. Neither does he share the passions of youth. However, he lectures Romeo about wallowing inself-pity and gets him to pull himself together.

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