Act 3Romeo and Juliet Response Question

After reading Act 3 Scene 2 it is clear the future for Romeo is up in the air.  Using the original/plain text translations that I have handed out today, answer the following questions:

 

1. describe your opinion of Friar Laurence.

2.  DO you think he is a good advisor for Romeo?  What from the text would give you that indication?

 

3.How much influence do you think the Friar has on Romeo?

 

4. Do you think Romeo is mature enough to know what he is doing, getting married and being in love?

 

5. What do you think Romeo would have done without the Friar’s  help?

 

6. After responding to this post, take some time to Respond to another person’s post.   A good response will agree or disagree in a constructive fashion, and will ask questions.

 

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16 responses to “Act 3Romeo and Juliet Response Question

  1. kyle

    Friar Lawrence is a smart sensible man and is a father figurre to romeo. He has lots off life experience and therefore Romeo Should take his advice.
    I believe he is a good advisor for romeo because romeo is oveer reacting about his whole situation and he should realize being banished is better off than being dead.
    I believe Friar has lots of influence an Romeo because he is a father figure to romeo
    I do not believe romeo is mature eniough to be getting married because evry time a problem arises he runs right to Friar to fix everything for him. Where as if he was mature and responsible he would be able to figurre things out on his own
    Without friars help I believe romeo wwould not know what to do and would have just ran away from all responsibilities.

    • courtney kerim

      I agree with kyle becaise i do think that Friar lawrence is very good role model for romeo and is helping him with maning up, protecting him. also that friar lawrence has alot of experience so she know alot more.

    • sliker5000@hotmail.com

      I also agree because thats exactly what and who he is to both romeo and juliet. His lifes experiences and age make him a good, reliable man to get advise from, well besides getting them both killed he seems like he could be.

    • Matt Mo

      I agree with Kyle that Friar Laurence was a good advisor for Romeo and that Romeo wasn’t mature enough to get married. However, there are several errors in the response such as: romeo should have a capital R, there are several spelling mistakes (figurre, oveer, eniough), and question 2 is missing a quote that indicates that Friar Laurence is a good advisor for Romeo. Overall, the response was good and it covered most of the information that was required by the questions. #yolo.

  2. courtney kerim

    1.) In my opinion i think that friar Lawrence is a good guy because he is helping Romeo hide while he gets the information of what the prince has decided. He also is helping him man up and except the punishment and stop complaining about being banished and be grateful his sentence wasnt death.

    2.) I think that Friar Lawrence is a good adviser for romeo because he tells romeo to smarten up and be thank full that the prince didn’t kill him. also friar lawrence is a priest and has a pure soul and can lead romeo to good things.

    3.) i think he has alot of influence on romeo because romeo listens to him and looks up to like a father. Romeo also does whatever friar says because he takes his advise seriously because friar lawrence has helped him along and hasnt gave romeo any bad direction.

    4.) i dont really think he is ready to get married because i dont really think he knows what love is. He loved the girl he was talking about at the beging of the book aswell, It doesnt take one hour to fall in love with someone, you need to build trust and bonds not just a dance because eveyone would be inlove.

    5.)Without the help of Friar lawrence i dont think romeo and juilet would have gotten married. He also wouldnt have anyone to help him and keep him safe, he also wouldnt have anyone to make him stay calm or go talk to the pince to make him rethink the banishment.

    • Emily Lundy Cooper

      I agree with courtney on everything stated I just think that the I’s should be capitalized. Friar deffinetly had a lot of impact on the way Romeo went about things because he was pretty much the only person throughout the book giving him reasonable advice. How do you think you would have reacted to the situation if you were Romeo?

  3. kyle

    I agree with courtney because everything she states is true. We see this throughout the act in the book good job.

  4. Emily Lundy Cooper

    Friar Laurence is a monk so say he is a good man who believes in god. Friar is a good person to look up to and take advice from because he has a pure soul, he is older than romeo and most likely more wise. He seems to be the type of person who has a well formed opinion about everything and knows how to handle situations. He is a good adviser for Romeo. I would say that Friar is a father like figure to Romeo, throughout the book Friar Laurence has protected romeo, kept his secrets of marriage and gave him shelter when he was in trouble for killing Tybalt.

    The fact that Friar is allowing the wedding to take place in act 2 scene 3 shows me that he is confident in Romeo and thinks it is a good decision but he has talked to romeo about the fact how he had just “loved” Rosaline. He mentions how maybe Romeo is acting hastily, he is a friend and a religious confessor who advises Romeo to think about what he was doing.
    Also in act 3, scene 3 Friar is hiding romeo in hope that his banishment wont last. He tries to get romeo to man up and talks to him about the consequences and to stop being a baby. Friar Laurence is hiding Romeo in this whole scene which shows him trying to protect Romeo from harm.

    I think that Friar Laurence has a fair amount of influence on Romeo because Romeo may look at him as a father and he obviously trusts him for everything he has done. Friar’s advice is pretty accurate and reasonable to every problem Romeo runs into, out of everyone Romeo knows I believe that he puts the most trust into Friar. So in turn I feel that Friar would have a huge amount of influence on him.

    Yes I think Romeo is more mature than some people in his family but in love? I don’t think so. Romeo is still a teenage boy who is just infatuated, which is proved at the beginning of the book. He is “in love” with Rosaline because of her body, he barley knows her if he knows her at all but he is in love because she doesn’t want him and will not give her body up. He soon after meets Juliet and the pain is gone? He no longer has the strong feelings of love for her? Now it is Juliet who he plans to marry. I think both of them are childish and arrogant for being so impatient about marrying each other.

    With out the Friar’s help Romeo probably would have been dead because he had no where to hide, he cannot trust his cousins and family to keep him safe and they are very against the Capulet’s, there would have been no way they would accept the fact that he wanted to marry Juliet. Romeo may have went about the situation differently and not married her because there was no one to produce the wedding.

    • I can agree with Emily, especially in what Romeo would do without Friar Laurence. He would be a wreck, and end up getting himself hurt, or even worse, killed. He would have no one trustworthy enough to go to, and maybe even end up not marrying Juliet at all. If the latter, he might have been better off, but chances are, he would just end up dead without the Friar.

  5. sliker5000@hotmail.com

    Act 3Romeo and Juliet Response Question
    After reading Act 3 Scene 2 it is clear the future for Romeo is up in the air. Using the original/plain text translations that I have handed out today, answer the following questions:
    1. Describe your opinion of Friar Laurence.
    Friar Laurence is a mentor to Romeo and Juliet, who constantly help gives them both advice. He was also a father figure to Rome and
    Romeo was like a son to him.. Friar Laurence was the guy who had a plan to help the two unite and be together but sadly ends with both teens dead. His intentions were good and that shows that he really cares about the two teens.
    2. Do you think he is a good advisor for Romeo? What from the text would give you that indication?
    Yes I think that he is a good adviser for Romeo because he acts like a father and treats him as if he were his own son. For example he
    3. How much influence do you think the Friar has on Romeo?
    I think that he has a lot of influence on Romeo because he convinces Romeo to not commit suicide and tells him to stop acting so womanish.
    4. Do you think Romeo is mature enough to know what he is doing, getting married and being in love?
    No, I don’t think that he is mature enough to know because he at the age where he’s maturing and what he’s feeling is probably more superficial. He just meets Juliet and is already in love? Hard to believe right, that’s because Romeo was in a down mood about love and sprung at the first chance he got.
    5. What do you think Romeo would have done without the Friar’s help?
    Without help Romeo would probably have just ended his life because of not being able to see his wife ever again.

    • Matthew Smith

      I can agree with most of Garrett’s thoughts. Friar Laurence offers plenty of advice in the play – he definitely has a close relationship with Romeo. There were a few errors: Rome is supposed to be Romeo, question 2 was incomplete, and question 4 should have said “Hard to believe, right? That’s because…”. Other than that it was well done.

      Why does no one believe Romeo was mature enough? Come on, we’re talking about a play that was set hundreds of years ago. Accept the fact that some people know what they want. #yolo

      • g-man9@hotmail.com

        Hundreds of years ago was all about live fast and die young, they knew not of there actions and conciquences tho #YOHO PIRATES LIFE

  6. Matthew Smith

    Friar Laurence is a kind, outspoken fellow. In act 3 he promises Romeo that they will work out a plan to get a pardon from the Prince (permission to re-enter Verona). He commented on Romeo’s lack of respect and appreciation. I admire his ‘glass half full’ view on life, reminding Romeo that there is much to discover and he should be happy that death is not his punishment. The Friar acts like a father would. I think Friar Laurence is an excellent advisor. “And turns it to exile—there art thou happy. A pack of blessings light upon thy back, Happiness courts thee in her best array,” (p.179) He prevented Romeo’s suicide attempt & encouraged him to move forward, cherishing life for what it is.

    The Friar influences Romeo very much. He secretly married Romeo and Juliet without thinking of the consequences. At the time he was set on resolving family issues. Also, he questioned Romeo’s ability to love at such a young age. Normally it would take longer to get over someone attractive like Rosaline. Romeo is mature enough to make these decisions. Remember, most people did not live until 80, much like today. Getting married and being in love is an experience – I cannot blame him for trying to take advantage of that.

    Romeo probably would have killed himself. “Doth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack. The hateful mansion.” (p.177) He was wondering where to pierce the sword. Friar Laurence urges Romeo to “Hold thy desperate hand!” (p.177) because it is a sin and he has so much natural talent.

  7. emily watson

    1. describe your opinion of Friar Laurence.

    Friar Laurence is definitely a father figure to Romeo. He is also getting very annoyed by the fact that Romeo is acting very childish and “women like”. I think he is right about the whole situation that Romeo should just be happy that he is alive.

    2.  DO you think he is a good advisor for Romeo?  What from the text would give you that indication?
    “Thy fault our law calls death; but the kind prince, taking thy part, hath rush’d aside the law and turn’d that black word death to banishment. This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.”p. 171-172 lines: 24-28.

    Romeo should really listen to Friar Laurence, he is wise, and has his head on straight other then sucked into his heart while foolishly ‘in love’. Romeo needs to listen to Friar and how much he says that you should just be thankful that you are young and alive.

    3. How much influence do you think the Friar has on Romeo
    Friar does have some influence on Romeo because Romeo looks up at him as a father figure and turns to him for wisdom, and to follow in his steps.

     
    4. Do you think Romeo is mature enough to know what he is doing, getting married and being in love?
    A 16 year old boy getting married? I think today that would make people think that you are crazy or on some type of drugs, but back then, with the little amount of time people have in life to make themselves happy, it doesn’t seem that crazy. Juliet was already up and ready to marry the prince at the age of 14, so why would it be any different if Romeo fell in love at 16. For one to be in love, it’s a feeling that one is taken over by. It is not based on age, it is something that can hit you like lightning…unexpected. I can see why they wanted to get married so fast, what is something happened that forced them to be apart (Romeo getting banished) which forces them to not be together. Nowadays, I do not believe the marriage of Juliet and Romeo would be socially expectable, but back then, I don’t think it really mattered.
     
    5. What do you think Romeo would have done without the Friar’s  help?
    Without Friar’s help, Romeo most likely would have taken his own life because he thought life wasn’t worth living without his Juliet.

  8. 1. I like Friar Laurence. He knows what he’s talking about, despite what Romeo claims, and is a very level headed and reasonable individual. Romeo is being over dramatic, and Friar Laurence is coping well with his outbursts and whining. He is a wise man, surely having dealt with a drama queen like Romeo before. He is a source of calm in this story, and is a mentor and adviser to Romeo, as the Nurse is to Juliet. Though both have good intentions, well thought out planning, and more than helpful advice, the two “star-cross’d lovers” seem to be having none of it.

    2. Romeo should be very thankful to have the Friar as adviser and guide. Despite giving good advice and doing his best to make Romeo smarten up and listen, Romeo instead squanders the device, instead delving himself further into his depressing by not thinking straight. Instead of trying to do things to help himself, he lies on the floor crying.
    When Friar Laurence talks around line 25, he tries to convince Romeo that banishment is the lowest form of punishment he could have received. “O deadly sin! O rude unthankfulness! Thy fault our laws call death, but the kind Prince, taking thy part, hath rushed aside the law, and turned the word ‘death’ into ‘banishment’. This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not!” The Prince is putting his own neck on the line by brushing aside this law, and Romeo has failed to see it. He is ignorant, and Friar Laurence just wants Romeo to see how lucky he actually is!

    3. While Romeo SHOULD be taking everything Friar Laurence has to heart, and see what he is trying to say, he doesn’t at all. Though he is wise, kind, and helpful, Friar Laurence has little to no influence over Romeo, who is too wrapped up in his own mind and depression. “How should they, when the wise men have no eyes?” He even talks back to the Friar, saying he can have no opinion, since he doesn’t have the same experiences.

    4. Romeo and Juliet are estimated to be in their teen years, to early twenties, from educated guesses with the time period in mind, as well as cultural influences. From this, I would say that there is no way he or Juliet should be doing any of this at their age. The brain is not well enough developed at the time, and is overrun with hormones that make you think too little, or think too much, both obviously leading to the ultimate demise of Romeo and Juliet. Their story is foolish, and built upon one rash decision after another. The first to fall in love so quickly, then followed by marrying, killing, and committing suicide along side one another.

    5. Without the help of Friar Laurence, Romeo would have no doubt gotten into even worse trouble than he’s in already, and either hurt himself or others in the process. He’s a teenager, and a fool. He would have gotten caught so easily, and been killed by those wanting more revenge than the Prince even asked for. If he managed to leave, and accept his banishment (which I doubt) he would probably then put Juliet in danger by getting her to come out and live with him.

  9. Matt Mo

    1. Describe your opinion of Friar Laurence?
    I think Friar Laurence is a wise man that is full of good advice. He tries to tell Romeo that he is acting the wrong way when he is banished. Romeo sees banishment as if it was worse than death. Friar Laurence tells Romeo that banishment is good because Romeo won’t be killed and they can try to convince the Prince to relieve Romeo’s banishment later.
    2. DO you think he is a good adviser for Romeo? What from the text would give you that indication?
    I think Friar Laurence is a good adviser for Romeo because he convinces Romeo not to kill himself because of the banishment because he can probably be relieved of his banishment. “Hold thy desperate hand! Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art: Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote the unreasonable fury of a beast.” Friar Laurence also calls Romeo a woman for planning to kill himself over banishment.
    3. How much influence do you think Friar has on Romeo?
    I think Friar Laurence has a lot of influence on Romeo because he is Romeo’s friend and adviser. He convinces Romeo to not commit suicide because he may be able to lift Romeo’s banishment later on.
    4. Do you think Romeo is mature enough to know what he is doing, getting married and being in love?
    In my opinion, he is too young to understand what he is doing. He met Juliet once and said he was in love which is really soon. He also threatens to kill himself over not being able to see Juliet when he is banished.
    5. What do you think Romeo would have done without the Friar’s help?
    Romeo probably would have killed himself. If Friar Laurence didn’t interrupt Romeo when he went to kill himself, Romeo would have most likely killed himself.

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