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Why does Friar Laurence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet despite his reservations?

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Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM via web

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Why does Friar Laurence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet despite his reservations?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Despite his misgivings of the haste of the marriage and the youthfulness of the couple, Friar Lawrence sees that a union between Romeo and Juliet could potentially bring the two feuding houses of Montague and Capulet together in peace. 

For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn your households’ rancour to pure love (II.iii.94-95)

The Friar has witnessed the violence of Verona and hopes that Romeo and Juliet's marriage might turn the hate of the two families into fonder feelings.  Ultimately, his wish is fulfilled although not through Romeo and Juliet's marriage as he wished, but through their untimely and tragic deaths. 

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