At the beginning of act two, scene three, Friar Lawrence carries his basket, collecting various herbs and musing over nature and humanity. Friar Lawrence is depicted as a philosophical individual, who grasps the duality of nature and life, by his saying,
"The earth, that’s nature’s mother, is her tomb. What is her burying, grave that is her womb" (Shakespeare, 2.3.9–10).
Friar Lawrence is also portrayed as a religious idealist, who believes that every living thing, whether harmful or benevolent, has a specific purpose on earth, by his saying,
"Many for many virtues excellent,
None but for some and yet all different . . .
For naught so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give" (Shakespeare, 2.3.13–18).
He is also a hopeful, tolerant man, who believes that positive things can result from negative situations. Friar Lawrence once again displays his philosophical, introspective nature by commenting on the duality of nature and humanity. Friar Lawrence says,
"Two such opposèd kings encamp them still,
In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will" (Shakespeare, 2.3.28–29).
Similar to his musing on nature and humanity, Friar Lawrence also exhibits similar traits throughout the play. Despite Friar Lawrence's positive intentions to end the Montague and Capulet feud by secretly marrying Romeo and Juliet, his plans go awry, and both lovers end up committing suicide.