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In "Romeo and Juliet," Act 2 Scene 3, why does the Friar agree to marry the two young...

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Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM via web

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In "Romeo and Juliet," Act 2 Scene 3, why does the Friar agree to marry the two young lovers? (line 90-92)

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 12, 2009 at 1:05 PM (Answer #1)

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"I'll thy assistant be;
For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn your households’ rancour to pure love."(95)

Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry Juliet and him even though their families are enemies. The Friar is confused at first and against the idea.  He asks Romeo what happened to his professed love for Rosaline.  Romeo finally convinces the Friar to agree to wed the two young lovers in the hopes that their love for each other, and their marriage, would end the hatred the two families feel toward each other.

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emd12695 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 22, 2011 at 8:25 AM (Answer #2)

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The Friar agrees to marry them becasuse he thinks that it will solve the problems between the Montagues and the Capulets, seeing how Romeo is a Montague and Juliet a capulet.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 1, 2015 at 5:04 PM (Answer #5)

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Romeo goes and asks Friar Laurence to marry him and Juliet. At first Friar Laurence is confused to why Romeo wants to marry Juliet. He thinks Romeo is still in love with Rosaline. He questions Romeo about this, but Romeo convinces the friar that he and Juliet are truly in love, so the friar agrees to marry them. 

Friar Laurence agrees to marry the two young lovers, because he believes that it will cause an end to the grudge between the two families. The Montagues and the Capulets have hated each other for some time. When Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other, Friar Laurence believes this is the answer for there to be peace within the two families. Friar Laurence wants both of the families to be at peace with each other, and he thinks this could be the perfect way for this to be accomplished, so he goes ahead and marries them.

When Friar Laurence learns of the death of Tybalt at the hands of Romeo, he is the one who comes up with the plan for Juliet to drink the potion to make it look like she has died, so he can have time to get to Romeo and tell him of the plan. Of course, this plan backfires, because his message does not get to Romeo in time. In an ironic twist, the death of the two could bring the families together like the marriage should have. Friar Laurence has a big hand in both of the most important decisions of the entire play. 


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kjwoods | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM (Answer #3)

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cause they helped him overcome his fear


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