Romeo and Juliet

Act 2, Scene 3 – Scene Summary

Characters: Friar Lawrence (priest), Romeo

Location: Friar Lawrence’s cell

Time: Early Monday morning

Scene events: Romeo needs a priest to marry Juliet and himself, so he goes to see Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence talks about the sunny morning is replacing the dark night. before the sun comes up he is to fill his basket with poisonous weeds and medicinal flowers. In Friar Lawrence’s “close cell” he delivers a short speech about herbal drugs, ones that can kill and ones that can cure, he also talks about great death and great goodness. Friar Lawrence also talks about how plants are born into the earth and they are buried in the earth when they die. Romeo confesses that he is in love with Juliet, the daughter of his fathers enemy and that he needs Friar Lawrence to perform the wedding ceremony to marry Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence is obviously used to hearing Romeos love confessions as he says that he was crying to the friar about Rosaline only the day before and that he can still see the tears that he shed over her. Friar Lawrence sees that a marriage between a Montague and a Capulet might end the feud between the two families and will be good for the future of Verona, so he agrees to perform Romeo and Juliet’s secret wedding ceremony. Romeo gets excited and energetic about the friar’s decision, while the friar tells him to go slowly about this and to be wise about his decisions.

Quote: Friar Lawrence: ” Within the infant rind of this small flower Poison hath residence and medicine power. For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part; Being tasted, stays all senses with the heart. Two such opposèd kings encamp them still, In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will.

 

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