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Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet?

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At the beginning of Act IV, Juliet's father has arranged for her to marry Paris.  When Paris goes to see Friar Laurence, though, the Friar does not want to marry Paris to Juliet.

The reason for Laurence's reluctance is because he has already married Juliet to Romeo in a secret ceremony in his cell.  This happened in Act II, Scene 5.

Friar Laurence will go on to help Juliet avoid the wedding by giving her the potion that will make her appear to be dead.  Unfortunately, Romeo will think she really is dead and will commit suicide because of it.


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jess1999 | Student

Friar Laurence is reluctant to marry Paris and Juliet because he already knows that Juliet is married already . In fact , Friar Laurence was the one that married Romeo and Juliet . Also , it's a big sin to marry two people at the same time during their time . 

circa1934 | Student

he wants romeo to bee happy and he truley believes that romeo is in fact in love with julliet

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Friar Laurence is reluctant for several reasons. One, these two kids' families are enemies, and he could get in a great deal of trouble by doing this behind their backs. Second, Romeo has been in love before. Friar scolded him for being so silly in his claims of loving different women. Prior to attending the dance Romeo was in love with Rosaline. His reason for going to the dance was to look at Rosaline because there was no one else in the world for him to love. Third, this arrangement seems to be in haste, and he is concerned with how quickly they are moving. He warns them of the speed at which they are taking their relationship.