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Spiritual Gambler

In 1888 T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”. Only a few people have found out how far one can go. In William Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence proves he is a risk taker finding out how far he can go. He proves this to the world by marrying Romeo and Juliet, providing Juliet an escape from her second wedding, and his plan to unite the two lovers. It is because of these gambles that make his role the most significant throughout the play.
Friar Lawrence’s risk taking began when he secretly wed Romeo and Juliet. When Romeofirst showed up at Friar Lawrence’s door, the Friar knew nothing about Romeo’s new love, Juliet.In fact he provides Romeo with some wisdom noting, “Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,/So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies/Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes”(2.3.67-69). When Romeo told him he had channeled his love toward 13 year old Juliet that he had meet the night before instead of the former apple of his eye, Rosaline, he thought Romeo;s actions were made to hastily. Naturally, after Romeo asked Friar Lawrence to wed him and Juliet, the Friar thought Romeo was moving mush too quickly. The Friar agrees to marry the two lovers when he finds out that Juliet is from the Capulet family. He is fully aware of the feuding between Romeo’s family, the Montagues, and the Capulets. He is willing to gamble that if he marries them, the feuding may stop. He tells*** Romeo about his idea to stop the feuding, saying, “For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancor to pure love”(2.3.94-95). This is one time where Friar Lawrence demonstrates his selfless motivations by marrying Juliet and her Romeo without consent of the parents. Marriage without the approval of the parents was usually not allowed at this period of time. Along with his gamble for peace, Friar Lawrence puts himself

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