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What is the relationship between the Friar and Romeo characterized by in Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo's relationship with Friar Laurence is a direct parallel to Juliet 's relationship with her nurse. In both cases, there is clearly a distance between child and parents; in both cases, the child has sought out a familial relationship with someone to whom they are not actually related. This is underscored in Romeo's first line to Friar Laurence in the play, in which he calls him "father." Of course, "father" is a term that is a common form of address for members of the clergy but not usually for friars. Romeo's use of it here indicates to the audience that his relationship with the Friar is something of a father-son scenario. Friar Laurence, too, calls Romeo "son," and the way he addresses him suggests that he knows him well: he wonders why Romeo is awake so early, being aware of his habits, and rightly judges that Romeo "hath not been in bed to-night." It is also clear that Friar Laurence is a confidant for Romeo: he knows about Romeo's history with Rosaline, and Romeo confesses to...

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