In "Romeo and Juliet," Act 2 Scene 3, why does the friar agree to marry the two young lovers? (line 90-92)

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Friar Laurence is at first confused by Romeo's request to marry Juliet, since, the day before, Romeo had been complaining to him about the fact that Rosaline would not reciprocate his undying love. However, Friar Laurence agrees to marry the two young lovers, mostly in the hopes that this secret marriage will end the lengthy Capulet-Montague feud. (His plan does ultimately end the feud, but certainly not in the peaceful, painless way he was expecting.)


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In Act 2, Scene 3, Romeo asks Friar Laurence to secretly marry Juliet and him.  At first, the friar does not want to perform the wedding—rightly so, too, because the day before Romeo had told Friar Laurence how sick he was over the fact that his dear Rosaline would rather be celibate than be with Romeo.  

Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline:
And art thou changed?

Romeo convinces the friar that he is no longer in love with Rosaline, because he is very, truly in love with Juliet.  

Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet:
As mine on hers, so hers is set...

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The Friar agrees to marry them becasuse he thinks that it will solve the problems between the Montagues and the Capulets, seeing how Romeo is a Montague and Juliet a capulet.

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cause they helped him overcome his fear

 

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