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Posted May 11, 2010 at 7:52 AM via web

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What warning does Friar Laurence give Romeo foreshadowing future events of Romeo and Juliet?

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Act II, scene iii, just after he has agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence offers Romeo the following advice:

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.

This line foreshadows most of the rest of the plot of the play concerning Romeo and Juliet as they each violate this advice time and time again. At almost every turn both Romeo and Juliet act impulsively without thought and risk their own lives and likely the lives of others. At the play's end, their emotional impulsivity gets the better of them when they each take their own life rather than thinking through the facts and evidence that reside in front of them. These are the tragic flaws of both Romeo and Juliet and Friar Lawrence comments on them very early in the play, foreshadowing their demise.

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