If you had been Friar Lawrence, what would you have advised Romeo to do about himself?

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This question is asking you to figure out what advice you would have given to Romeo if you were Friar Lawrence. Teachers ask questions like these to help you look more critically at the situation. You might say that Friar Lawrence gave wonderful advice to Romeo. For example, after Romeo is banished in Act III, he's inconsolable; but once Friar Lawrence can get a word in he shows Romeo the bigger picture by telling him how blessed he is.  He tells Romeo to calm down because he could have been sentenced to death, for one thing. He also told him to be patient and wait until things calmed down before doing anything too rash. This was great advice. However, if you think a bit longer, maybe you could come up with another idea to support what the friar said. Maybe the friar should have added, "And even if you don't hear from me, don't do anything rash." Consider the advice that Friar Lawrence did give to Romeo and come up with something that you personally feel would have been good for Romeo to hear. (This also lets your teacher know that you've analyzed the situation and the story critically.)