In Act III, Friar Lawrence provides advice to make Romeo happy.  What are the 3 reasons the Friar emphasizes?

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act III, scene iii of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is really whiny: he cries and threatens suicide after the Prince has banished him from Verona, where Juliet and his family reside.  This scene foreshadows his suicide later in Act V.  Here, Friar Lawrence gives at least three reasons why Romeo must not commit suicide.  Instead, he should be "happy":

Thy Juliet is alive,
For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead;
There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee,
But thou slew'st Tybalt; there are thou happy too:
The law that threaten'd death becomes thy friend
And turns it to exile; there art thou happy:
A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back;
Happiness courts thee in her best array;
But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench,
Thou pout'st upon thy fortune and thy love:

So, Romeo should be happy...

  1. to still have Juliet for his wife
  2. to survive the duel with Tybalt
  3. to not be put to death (as was the Prince's earlier decree); instead, the Prince only banishes Romeo from Verona
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you are talking about what happens in Act III, Scene 3.  To me, Friar Lawrence is not giving advice to make Romeo happy.  I'd say he is scolding Romeo and telling him "you really ought to be happy and grateful because things are so much better than they could be, you little..."

Here are three reasons why he says Romeo ought to be happy:

  • He still has Juliet.
  • He is alive even though it seemed likely that Tybalt would kill him.
  • The Prince is only banishing him, not executing him like he might have.
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