What is Friar Laurence's reaction to Romeo in Act 2, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet?

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kkosach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The friar is shocked by Romeo's news that he is going to marry Juliet.  The friar states, "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast" (II, iii) a line that shows the hasty nature of Romeo's behavior.  It is this haste that will be part of Romeo and Juliet's downfall.  The friar is confused, in part, because Romeo was JUST head over heels for another girl, Rosaline.  However, by the end of the scene, the friar agrees to marry the couple, and the reality the friar would benefit from joing the oldest feuding families in Verona cannot be ignored.  Thus, the friar's motivation is in question as well.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In this scene (especially at first), Friar Laurence seems to think that Romeo is making a fool out of himself with regards to love.

He knows that Romeo has felt like he is in love with Rosaline and has spoken to Romeo about being more moderate in his feelings.  When he now finds out that Romeo has forgotten about Rosaline and wants to marry Juliet, he feels, perhaps naturally, that Romeo is being a bit hasty and rash.

By the end of the scene, however, Friar Laurence has consented to marry the two, hoping to end the feud between their families.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Ultimately, he is happy for both Romeo and Juliet as it presents an opportunity for the feud between the two families to end.

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