Their purposes are to reveal the speaker’s true characterand motives. To reveal intentions. To prepare theaudience for subsequent developments.
Friar Laurence – to learn about his character, his job, hisfaith.
Juliet, Act III Sc 2 – after her marriage while she awaitsRomeo. It represents the joy of fulfilled love. Also later inthe play when she drinks the potion, it shows her keenimagination and agitation, and predicts her death.
Romeo and Juliet after the ball both show their feelings,this prepares the audience for their mutual surrender.
Romeo in Mantua before the arrival of Balthasar, thispresents the contrasts of his happiness and dream with theshock that follows.