What role does Friar Lawrence have in Romeo and Juliet, and why are the two considered "star-crossed lovers"?Justify the title Mine Boy with at least 20 answers. Describe the themes of Mine Boy....

What role does Friar Lawrence have in Romeo and Juliet, and why are the two considered "star-crossed lovers"?

Justify the title Mine Boy with at least 20 answers.

Describe the themes of Mine Boy.

What role did Frair Lawrencene in Romeo and Juliet?

Why are the two considered "star-crossed lovers"?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't know about Mine Boy, but Friar Lawrence does a lot to push the plot forward in Romeo and Juliet.  He is the reason they get married in the first place.  He agrees to marry them as he sees this as a way to end the feud between their two powerful families.  Later, when everything is going awry, he agrees to help Juliet appear "dead" so she can escape a second marriage to Paris and slip quietly into paradise with Romeo at her side.  The two are considered "star-crossed" because it is written in the stars that the odds are stacked against them from the beginning.  They fall in love with each other without knowing they are members of warring families.  The marry without their families' knowledge or consent.  Juliet's public marriage is arranged for her, and she fakes her own death to avoid it.  Through miscommunication and a series of unfortunate events, Romeo hears that she really is dead.  So, he buys poison to kill himself rather than live without her.  When she awakes and finds Romeo dead, she kills herself, and then the families must face the truth of what their feud has cost them.


accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Friar Lawrence can be very interestingly portrayed as a kind of matchmaker figure in this play. He certainly does a lot to advance the action, acting as the confessor and co-conspirator in the play. He also, misguidedly, loses focus, by hatching the elaborate plot to get the two together and accepted by their families in order to achieve a peace between the two warring families of the Capulets and the Montagues. Therefore a fascinating question to think about is whether the tragedy is Friar Lawrence's "fault".

The phrase "star crossed lovers" refers to the role of fate and destiny in the play, which is a major theme. Basically, Romeo and Juliet were never meant to be, as fate was implacably against them from the first. This makes Romeo's phrase "I defy you stars" all the more tragic in its attempt to shake off the influence of fate in his life.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is interesting that Shakespeare, a closet Catholic, takes such measures to portray Friar Laurence, who by his name should be a brother and not a priest, overstepping his role and violating his vows.  As the previous post states, Laurence is clearly a "scheme hatcher"; he is a meddler, who is pivotal to the action and misfortune of the plot, and is every bit as impetuous as the two youths.

The term "star-crossed" means doomed by unlucky stars.  In the Prologue to the first act, the concept of fate is, thus, introduced.  Romeo cries, "I defy you stars" in Act V when he is told by Balthasar that Juliet is dead.

mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Friar Lawrence is a Heroric Scheme Hatcher, a trickster/valet who helps the hero (Romeo) to both marry and find happiness outside Verona's walls.

He is also a Benevolent hermit father figure like Ben Kenobi from Star Wars who takes Romeo under his wing.

Star-crossed lover, according to the belief in astrological fate of the time, were not destined to be together.  They were born during non-corresponding times (years or seasons or months that do no match up according to the astrological calendar).