Discuss the significance of plant/nature imagery in act 2, scene 3.

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Friar Lawrence begins the scene by gathering various plants in his basket. He is filling it with "baleful weeds" and "precious juiced flowers," or poisonous weeds and medicinal flowers. From this moment, Friar Lawrence is weaving a lesson through his imagery about the dual nature of the plants, man, and ultimately everything. When Romeo enters, Lawrence elaborates on the rind of a small flower, saying that if the plant is simply sniffed, it will create a good feeling in the body, though if it is eaten, it will kill the one who ingested it.

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