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mahata | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM via web

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what are the contributions made by Nurse and Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet tragedy?

Friar Lawrence contributed when he agrees to Romeo and Juliet to exchange vows of love in secret without the consent of their parents.

Friar Lawrence gives Juliet the potion/poison which makes a person dead like so much that Romeo should rescue and be with her after she wakes up.

Nurse encourages Juliet to Marry Paris although she knows already that Juliet married Romeo with the help of Friar Lawrence.

 

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM (Answer #1)

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The Nurse and Friar Laurence are necessary minor characters that act as the confidantes and, one would assume as they are adults, the voices of reason. In truth, although they do no stop them from their secret wedding and instead assist, later on in the drama they attempt to be more reasonable in how they advise young Romeo and Juliet. Fair Laurence shows evidence of bing Romeo's advisor from the first scene we meet him when he warns "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast"(2.iii).

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