How is Friar Lawrence religious?I know that he is rebellious, but I need evidence that he is also religious.  

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You're right to say he's rebellious.  But, I don't think he's religious.

In Romeo and Juliet, and all of his plays, Shakespeare avoided religious dogma.  Instead, his characters were secular and humanistic, even the men of the cloth.  It's as if Shakespeare foresaw the bloody struggle that religion would cause in England for the next century (Protestants vs. Catholics; The Thirty Years War; Bloody Mary).

Instead, Friar Lawrence is more interested in healing naturally than spiritually.  He's more into herbs and potions than chapters and verses.  Sure, he uses some religious imagery, but it pales in comparison to all the flower imagery.

In fact, Friar Lawrence is more into the occult than he is organized religion.  He arranges a fake suicide and funeral, buries Juliet alive in a tomb, and has her rise from the dead.  That's necromancy or necrophilia, not religion.

No, Friar Lawrence is more of a father-figure to Romeo, not a holy father.  And since much of what goes wrong in the play comes from his bad decision-making, he's bad at that.

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