In Act 3 Scence 3, Frair Lawrence says to Romeo, "and thou art wedded to calamity."  What is the modern meaning of this in today's society?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Friar Laurence's words to Romeo indicates much both in the context of the drama's narrative as well as the modern setting.  The notion of being "wedded to calamity" is the Friar's way of indicating that there is too much turbulence within Romeo for him to even consider marriage or any type of committed relationship.  The idea of being "wedded to calamity" reflects the Friar's idea that there is so much that is tempestuous and intensity in Romeo that it precludes any somber or stable ability to judge and act.  This is something that possesses modern implications as the notion of being "wedded to calamity" helps to convey how some people simply thrive off "the chase" and never in anything in terms of stable.  These individuals can be seen as being "in love with being in love."  Rather than displaying the attitudes or beliefs that would substantiate something in terms of a long term commitment or some type of idea in which individuals are able to "be there" for another or represent a sense of the steady and constant, the modern notion of being "wedded to calamity" indicates someone who lacks the internal composition to being there for another, as they are already committed to something else that reflects a sense of chaos and turbulence.  It is Shakespeare's genius to be able to construct this characterization of both Romeo and people, in general, with the idea that some individuals are more concerned with being "wedded to calamity" than anyone or anything else.

kejcampbell | Student

Hi there thanks for your answer could you summarize it a bit more for me though cause I am only 14 and still dont quite understand.

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