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What are some character traits of Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet?

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mmd27 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM via web

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What are some character traits of Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 22, 2008 at 11:48 PM (Answer #1)

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The Friar is one of the most trustworthy characters you'll find in the play, second only to Balthasar, most likely.  He is certainly Romeo's confidant, and eventually becomes Juliet's when she can no longer count on the nurse to help her relationship with Romeo.  The Friar is well respected in the town by everyone, it seems.  After the events of the play, he is very open and honest about what has occurred and is granted absolution from the Prince.  Because it was the Friar who arranged the meetings between R and J, there's a good chance that he could have smoothed over any anger had his plans between the two lovers worked out.

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