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. Throughout the entire play, he has been helping Romeo and Juliet find happiness together and get through the troubles that come in the way of their love. Friar Lawrence frequently offers his council on issues that Romeo and Juliet have, such as their marriage and Romeo’s banishment. Each time the star-crossed couple comes to him, the Friar always offers advice to the best of his ability and tries to do whatever he can. Even when his suggestions turn out to cause more problems, such as Juliet taking the potion, this is not because of Friar Lawrence’s doing, but simply the work of fate. Friar Lawrence also does not deserve to be punished because he is not an antagonist in the play. This means that Friar Lawrence does not keep the play and the protagonists, Romeo and Juliet, from not moving forward, as he helps progress the story and tries to ensure a happy ending for the couple. The fact that Friar Lawrence frequently offers advice to Romeo and Juliet is extremely helpful to the young lovers. Neither Romeo nor Juliet seem to have close relationships with their parents, and Friar Lawrence becomes someone that they can trust. That trust and guidance allows Romeo and Juliet’s doomed relationship to last longer than it would have without him. The Nurse also deserves to be pardoned. The Nurse functions as a maternal figure for Juliet, as she is very intimate with her and offers her advice frequently. For almost all of the play, the Nurse helps Juliet’s cause. She seeks out Romeo for new on marriage, hides the secret relationship from Lord and Lady Capulet, and tries to calm Juliet in her times of trouble. Without the Nurse, Juliet would be lost, without anyone except the difficult to visit Friar to offer her helpful advice. In this tricky situation, Juliet would be without guidance and assistance, and her death could have come sooner. Even towards the end when the Nurse tells Juliet to marry Paris, her advice is still well-meaning. The Nurse simply wants Juliet to be happy, and to her that means giving up what seems to be a chaotic and mismanaged marriage with Romeo for a stable and productive one with Paris. Capulet deserves to be punished. Throughout the play, he is constantly pressuring Juliet to live her life the way he wants it. Capulet wants to see Juliet married off to the County Paris, who he believes would make a fine
husband. But Juliet does not want to marry Paris. She is deeply in love with Romeo and would not even consider marrying another man. The persistent pressuring by Capulet is what eventually leads to Juliet and Romeo’s death. Had Capulet just accepted the young couple’s love, they could have been married publicly and lived together in Verona without fear. But instead, Capulet tries to micromanage Juliet and punish her severely when she disagrees with him. This gives off a very negative impression of her father to Juliet, who will still stop at nothing to be with her love, Romeo.