4. What is the relationship between the Friar and Romeo characterized by?

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The relationship between the characters of  Friar Lawrence and Romeo is complicated. The Friar acts as a guiding figure to Romeo throughout the play. Romeo goes to the Friar in search of advice and guidance. When he meets Juliet, he seeks the Friar's help. Friar Lawrence begins by scolding him for allowing his heart to be moved so quickly from Rosaline to his new love stating that "Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes." However, like a loving father figure he contrives a way to marry the two and bring a peace to the two warring families. 

After things go wrong and Romeo kills Tybalt, it is the Friar that hides Romeo and devises the plan to get him out of Verona and reunite him with Juliet.

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