In act 2 of Romeo and Juliet, who is Friar Lawrence?

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Friar Lawrence makes his first appearance in Act II, scene three as he enters carrying a basket of herbs and flowers that have medicinal value.  The friar is something of a specialist when it comes to herb lore and explains to Romeo that plants have potential for both good and evil; Shakespeare uses the metaphor of plants' potential as a metaphor for man's struggle between good and evil.  The good friar advises Romeo on his new love for Juliet and ultimately views the two young lovers' marriage as a possible balm to end the feud between the Montagues and Capulets.