How did Friar Laurence lie in Romeo and Juliet?

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While Friar Lawrence does not directly lie to anyone in the play, he does deceive the entire community of Verona by marrying Romeo and Juliet in secret, helping hide Romeo, and giving Juliet a potion that allows her to fake her own death. Initially, Friar Lawrence agrees to marry both Romeo and Juliet in secret because he believes that their marriage will end the ongoing family feud between the Montagues and Capulets. In act 2, scene 6, Friar Lawrence marries the couple in secret and the only other person that is aware of their marriage is the Nurse. After Romeo murders Tybalt, Friar Lawrence once again deceives Verona's society by hiding Romeo in his cell until the Nurse arrives and tells Romeo to sneak into Juliet's chamber that night to consummate their marriage before fleeing to Mantua. Friar Lawrence continues to act deceptively by giving Juliet a potion that allows her to fake her own death in order to avoid marrying Paris. Friar Lawrence plans on informing Romeo of their plan but the letter never gets delivered to him. Overall, Friar Lawrence deceives Verona's society by marrying Romeo and Juliet in secret and colluding with the two lovers without anyone's knowledge.

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Although Friar Lawrence does not necessarily lie directly, he commits a number a deceptive actions in order to achieve social and political harmony. One such action is his decision to secretly wed Romeo and Juliet. This is a deceptive act because the wedding is not disclosed to the social sphere, and the Friar commits this act in the hopes that their union will eventually bring peace in Verona. Later on in the play, the Friar then provides Juliet with a sleeping potion so that she may fake her own death. Again, while this action is not an outright lie, it is deceptive, nonetheless. The Friar provides Juliet with the potion so that she may reunite with Romeo. Therefore, the Friar is repeatedly shown to use deception as a means to bring peace to the other characters. In this case, Shakespeare may be using the characterization of the Friar in order to comment on the role of the church during the 16th century. 

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