March 20

Hold thy desperate hand!

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Tonight please paraphrase and analyze Friar Laurence’s speech below.   Remember paraphrasing means translating into everyday modern English.  After you have completed your paraphrase provide some analysis of the Friar’s advice to and characterization of Romeo.   Don’t forget to include specific evidence from the text to support your ideas.

As always, be sure to follow the rules of standard English and comment on at least one other response in this thread.

FRIAR LAURENCE
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:
Unseemly woman in a seeming man!
Or ill-beseeming beast in seeming both!
Thou hast amazed me: by my holy order,
I thought thy disposition better temper’d.

What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive,
For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead;
There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee,
But thou slew’st Tybalt; there are thou happy too:
The law that threaten’d death becomes thy friend
And turns it to exile; there art thou happy:
A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back;
Happiness courts thee in her best array;
But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench,
Thou pout’st upon thy fortune and thy love:
Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable.

R&J blog #15


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Posted March 20, 2019 by equinson in category Romeo and Juliet

26 thoughts on “Hold thy desperate hand!

  1. Sunna

    Hold your scared hand:
    Are you a man? You cry:
    Your tears are feminine; your impulsive ways show
    Your ridiculous anger:
    Improper woman in a proper man!
    Or unlucky beast in a proper person!
    You have amazed me: by my order
    I thought you could control your temper

    What, get up! Your Juliet is alive,
    For whose fate is gone;
    Tybalt would have killed you
    But you killed Tybalt, that is good
    The law that you hated became your friend
    And turns it to banishment
    A backpack for the trip
    Happiness will come to her
    But, like an ungrateful boy,
    You whine about your good luck and your love:
    Be warned, be warned, because those types of people are never happy

    Friar Laurence is warning Romeo against being ungrateful for what he has. So much worse could have happened to Romeo, and he is being given a chance at a better life. The Friar even says, “Be warned, be warned, because those types of people are never happy”. This means that if Romeo sees the negative in everything, he will never be happy, and will die in misery. Romeo sees the Friar as an important father figure, so I think that he could make Romeo see sense.

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    1. Kate Ma.

      I agree with your point on how since the Friar is like a father to Romeo, maybe he’ll listen to him, or he’ll be stubborn and not take any advice.

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  2. angelicac1

    Hold on to your impatient self
    Are you a man? Your looks show that you are,
    but your tears show that you are a woman.
    You’re acting like an untamed monster
    You’re like a women in a man’s body!
    Or a revolting beast-or both!
    You have shocked me, by my holy order
    I thought you could be more rational than this

    Open your eyes, man! Your Juliet is alive
    You were almost dead for her sake
    Be happy you are alive. Tybalt wanted to kill you
    But you killed Tybalt! Be fortunate that you are alive
    The law that threatened to kill you became in your favor
    As it turns into banishment. Be happy!
    You have a lot of blessings
    And happiness follows you!
    But instead, like a naughty person,
    You are complaining about your own blessings!
    Be careful, people like this die miserably.

    In these speeches, Friar Lawrence is scolding Romeo for acting so ungrateful and unrealistic. Romeo is about to kill himself because of his actions and for being banished and the Friar states, “There art thou happy” repeatedly. Friar Lawrence is basically telling Romeo that this situation is much better than being killed. Romeo shouldn’t act so dreadful because he was exiled when much worse could have occurred. He should be grateful, happy, and fortunate for the fact that he’s still alive.

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  3. Mylesn

    Hold thy desperate hand:
    Are you a man? Your body says you are:
    Your tears are womanish; your acts are too
    The unreasonable action of an animal:
    A women in a man’s body!
    Or unlucky beast in the bodies of both!
    You have amazed me: by my holy order,
    I thought your actions would be incheck.

    It is nothing! thy Juliet is alive,
    The women you had almost died for
    Be happy, you live, Tybalt would have killed you
    But you killed Tybalt; be happy you are alive:
    The law that threatens death becomes your friend
    And turns your death to exile; therefor you should be happy:
    Blessing lights have shone upon your back
    You are blessed by happiness
    But, like a misbehaved and miserable person
    You complain about your own luck and happiness
    Be warned, people like this die miserably

    In this scene the Friar witnesses Romeo try to kill himself. He scolds him and tells him to look on the bright side. He had twice escaped Death. He complains that he was able to save his own life and that his punishment was changed from death to banishment. He tells him Juliet is still alive, so he has something to live for. The killing of Tybalt had saved his own life. After escaping Death twice, Romeo just tried to kill himself. Friar Lawrence sees the stupidity and rashness of this and shows how idiotic this would be.

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  4. Kate Ma.

    Hold this desperate hand:
    Are you a man? You’re crying
    Crying is for women; Your wild actions resemble
    The anger of a beast:
    I see a woman in a man!
    Or becoming a beast in both woman and man!
    You have amazed me: by my holy order,
    I thought your character was better than this.

    Get up man! Juliet is alive,
    For her sake you would have been dead earlier;
    Be happy she’s alive: Tybalt would have killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt; Be happy your alive too:
    The law that threatened your life was reduced to banishment
    And turns it to banishment; be happy:
    You have so many blessings upon you;
    You have the best happiness;
    But, like a misbehaved and sad girl,
    You put about your riches and love :
    Listen, you’ll die miserable if you keep that attitude.

    This speech shows how much Friar Lawrence cares for Romeo. He could’ve let Romeo cry over the fact that he was banished, but instead he tells him that he should stop acting like a young girl and toughen up. He is like a father to Romeo, and he doesn’t want to see Romeo unhappy. For instance Friar tells Romeo, “There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee, But thou slew’st Tybalt; there are thou happy too:” Friar comforts Romeo by telling him to look on the bright side, indicating that his perspective in life is always trying to find the good in situations. He claims that worse things could have happened to Romeo; he could have been sentenced to death, or he could’ve even been killed by Tybalt. I think Romeo should pay more attention to what Friar Lawrence says, because his advice could prevent many bad events from occurring. Just like the nurse is a mother to Juliet, Friar is like a father to Romeo.

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  5. Maddie

    Hold your impatient hand:
    Are you a man? Your appearance shows that you are:
    Your tears are girly; your impulsive actions indicate
    The irrational anger you feel:
    You’re like a woman inside a man’s body!
    Like a beast inside of you!
    You have amazed me: By my holy order’
    I thought your feelings were better tempered.

    What troubles you? Juliet is alive,
    You almost died for her;
    You should be happy about that: Tybalt would kill you,
    But you killed Tybalt: You should be happy about that too:
    The law that wants you dead is now your friend
    And turns it to banishment; you should be happy about that:
    You have had many blessings;
    Happiness has come upon you in the best way;
    But like an disobedient wrench,
    You pull on your money and on your love:
    Slow down, be cautious, or you will die miserably.

    In this speech Friar Lawrence tries to make Romeo feel better about the situation at hand. He tries to take all of the bad things that have just happened to Romeo and turned them into good things. Instead of misfortunes, he pointed out all of the blessings that Romeo had. He was trying to use this optimistic attitude to change Romeo’s mood and make him lighten up.

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    1. caseyz

      I agree, the frier is the opposite of Romeo in this situation. Romeo is pessimistic while the frier is optimistic.

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      1. Zoe

        I think Romeo connects his passionate love to violence and self- harm as if that shows love in a better way. I agree Romeo is being gloomy and dark at this moment, but I also think he is doing this for love. Great analysis!

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    2. trinityt

      I agree. Friar Lawrence is like a father-figure to Romeo. Like any father, or any parents in general, they would want their children to be happy and try to look at the bright side of the situation.

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  6. Laila

    Hold on, be patient
    Are you even a man? You continue to cry.
    You’re tears make you womanly. You act wild,
    although you are a beast
    You act like a women, but look like a man
    Or like a beast in both men and women
    You have amazed me!
    I believed you had a better temper

    Get up, man! Your Juliet is still alive
    You nearly died for her
    Be glad you’re still here. Tybalt almost killed you,
    but you have killed Tybalt
    The law that could’ve took your life,
    just became banishment. You should be happy!
    You have many blessings upon your back!
    You have so much to feel happiness for
    But you misbehave and sulk
    about your luck and love
    Listen here, listen here, for people like you die miserable.

    Friar Lawrence’s speech shows how much he cares about Romeo. Instead of leaving Romeo to mourn over all of his misfortunes, he tells Romeo to “man up”. He tries to open Romeo’s eyes and broaden his perspective of life by telling him that he should be grateful for the position that he is in. Rather than being killed by Tybalt, Romeo lives. Instead of being sentenced to death, he just got banished. His wife, Juliet, is still alive. The Friar says, “A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back; Happiness courts thee in her best array; But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench, Thou pout’st upon thy fortune and thy love:” He is basically saying: You are so fortunate, you have no reason to cry. Romeo’s father isn’t a large part of this story, so I think this shows Friar Lawrence can be seen as a fatherly figure to Romeo.

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  7. jane

    Friar Lawrence:
    Hold your desperate hand,
    Are you a man? You cry:
    Your tears a like a woman’s; Your acts show
    The irrational anger of a monster:
    A woman in a man’s body!
    Or a beast in a man!
    You have amazed me: I thought,
    You could control your temper

    Don’t worry! Juliet is alive,
    You almost died for her;
    You should be happy: Tybalt would’ve killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt; you need to be happy:
    The law that was going to sentence youth death saved your life
    And turned you punishment into banishment; another reason you should be happy:
    You hav many blessings;
    Happiness does good things for you;
    But, you are misbehaved and sullen,
    About your fortune and love:
    You will die miserably.

    The friar’s speech tells Romeo to stop sulking around so much. Romeo is broken because banishment means him leaving Verona, the town where Juliet lives. He is a dramatic teenager, and thinks that his life is over without her. He sobs and rolls around on the floor, wishing he could just die instead of having to live through the agony of being without Juliet. The Friar snaps Romeo out of his funk, by telling him the reality. Friar Lawrence is able to show Romeo that he shouldn’t be so sad after all, and should be grateful for everything that has happened to him. He was very fortunate to not have been killed, and just banished. There are many other towns for Romeo to live in, so his life isn’t completely over. Second, the friar shows him that he should be grateful that Juliet is safe. She loves him very much, and unlike her cousin, isn’t dead. Romeo and Juliet are in love, and will be able to find a way to make the obstacles in their relationship work. The Friar is defiantly the fatherly figure to Romeo. The friar helps bring Romeo a reality check when he is complaining about how terrible his life is. He helps Romeo mature and deal with his tricky situation. There is a definite relationship growing between the two characters, and Friar Lawrence will probably be devastated after Romeo and Juliet take their own lives.

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  8. Brishti

    Hold your impatient hand:
    Are you a man? Though you look like you are:
    Your tears are girlish; and your impulsive acts show
    The irrational rage of a beast.
    Your acts are like a woman but your body is of a man
    Or an unsuitable beast in both!
    You have amazed me: by my holy order,
    I thought you would control your temper better.

    Get up, man! your Juliet is alive,
    Earlier you would have died for her;
    Be happy you are still here: Tybalt would have killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt; You should be happy that you’re alive:
    The law could have had you killed, but it didn’t
    And it turned out to be exile; you should be happy that you’re alive:
    You have so many blessings to be thankful for;
    You are surrounded by happiness;
    But, like a disobedient and gloomy young girl,
    You wine despite the good fortunes and love:
    Take warning, for others like you die miserable.

    In this speech, the Friar is scolding Romeo for being weak and “womanish” for trying to commit suicide. He also tells Romeo to open his eyes to all of the blessings in his life. This shows the father son relationship between Romeo and Friar Lawrence. They both even calll each other father and son. The Friar cares about Romeo so much that he houses Romeo, even though he was supposed to be banished. He tries to lift Romeo’s spirits, even through a low situation like this one. He says, “A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back; Happiness courts thee in her best array;” He ultimately says how things could be much worse, like how he could have been sentenced to death, and that he should be grateful for what he has. In this scene, Romeo can be characterized as being similar to a dramatic teenager in the 21st century. He is very moody and makes rash and impulsive decisions. The Friar puts up with Romeo’s intense emotions and helps to try and make him into a better person.

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  9. johnh1

    Hold your desperate hand
    Are you a man? You look like one.
    But your crying is like a woman and your acts show
    the rage of an animal
    Woman in the form of a man!
    Or evil beast in a woman and a man!
    You have amazed me: by god
    I thought you were better tempered than this

    Get yourself up, Juliet is still alive
    You almost got yourself killed to be with her
    You ought to be happy. Tybalt would have killed you
    but he died instead you should be happy too
    that the law threatened to kill you but instead became your friend
    and changed to banishment you should be happy
    that you are given so many blessings
    happiness tries to get to you
    like a misbehaving woman
    yet you complain about all the goodness in your life
    Be aware, those who do this die sad

    The Friar is basically saying that Romeo needs to see the bright side. When he says
    “Thou pout’st upon thy fortune and thy love:
    Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable.” is a perfect example of this. here, the Friar basically says that romeo is sad about all the blessing he is given and that he won’t lead a happy life if he does this. This shows how the Friar is and how Romeo is. It shows how others think about Romeo. They see him as a whiny person. He complains about everything and it is very apparent in this scene. The Friar is also characterized. He is shown being very helpful to Romeo in this scene. Apart from saving him from himself, the Friar teaches Romeo a life lesson: he won’t be happy if he doesn’t let himself be. This is a pretty good life lesson and it shows how much the Friar is a father figure. He helps him and then teaches him to help himself.

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    1. Mikayla Friedman

      I didn’t take that lesson away from the Friar’s speech, but I agree! Romeo refuses to see his life from the positive side, he is only focused on the negative aspects.

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  10. caseyz

    Wait:
    Are you a man? You look like one
    You cry like a woman and your irrational acts seem
    Impulsive like an animal’s
    You’re acting like a woman in a man’s body
    or as an animal, or even both
    You’ve surprised me
    I thought you could control your temper.

    Stop crying and get up! Juliet is alive,
    You were willing to die for her
    You should be happy, Tybalt would have killed you anyway
    But you killed him first, be happy about that too
    Your death sentence was changed in your favor
    You are only banished, aren’t you happy
    You are so lucky
    You should be happy
    But like a foolish little girl,
    You aren’t grateful for what you have
    Be warned, if you continue, you will die unhappy

    In this speech, the frier is telling Romeo to stop being overdramatic and get over what happened. Romeo is lucky to even be allowed to live yet is still complaining that he has to leave Verona. The frier starts this speech when he stops Romeo from killing himself. This shows that Romeo is impulsive and doesn’t think about all of the consequences for his actions. Even from right after Mercutio was killed, Romeo didn’t think and immediately chose to kill Tybalt. If Romeo took some time to think about he possible results of his actions, he wouldn’t have gotten himself into this mess in the first place.

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  11. stephaniec

    Friar Lawrence:
    Stop this act of desperation:
    Are you a man? You seem like you are.
    However, your tears are womanly; Your wild acts prove
    The fury of a wild beast:
    Essentially, a woman in a man’s body!
    Or, just a wild beast within!
    You amaze me: by my holy order,
    I thought you had a better control of yourself.

    What bothers you, for Juliet is alive,
    You would have died for her just before;
    You should be happy; Tybalt could have killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt; So you should be happy:
    You have been given a lot of blessings;
    Happiness now follows you
    But instead, you misbehaved boy,
    You take for granted all your good fortune and love:
    Be cautious, be cautious, people like you die miserable.

    In this speech, Friar Lawrence does two things for Romeo. He tells him to grow up and to not take life’s blessings for granted. He starts off by teasing Romeo by saying, “Thy tears are womanish”, meaning his tears are making him seem desperate. Furthermore, he shows Romeo that he has so much to live for. For instance, he says, “What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive”. He says this to remind Romeo that he should not take the blessings that are still in his life for granted, and even though things are looking down, there is so much that is going right. Romeo is married to the love of his life, and survived a near death situation.

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  12. Mikayla Friedman

    Friar Lawrence:
    Hold on, don’t act out of desperation!
    Are you a man? Your looks say you are.
    But you cry like a woman; your wild acts show
    The rash fury of a beast.
    You are a woman inside a man’s body,
    And a beast is in both the man and woman!
    You have amazed me. I swear by my holiness,
    I thought your temper and behavior would be better.

    Rise, man! Your Juliet is alive,
    You almost just died for her:
    Be happy that you are both living. Tybalt would’ve killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt, therefore be happy.
    The law that threatened you with death has become less harsh,
    It only exiled you: so be happy.
    Blessings are light on your back;
    Happiness is upon you in her finest array;
    But, like a gloomy and misbehaved girl,
    You complain about your good fortune and your love.
    Listen, people who act like you die miserable.

    This speech shows how Friar Lawrence is like a father to Romeo. He is almost scolding him, which parents often do. The Friar is telling Romeo to be grateful for what he has. This shows us that the Friar is a thankful man, and that he is happy with what he has. The Friar says:
    “Happiness courts thee in her best array;
    But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench,
    Thou pouts upon thy fortune and thy love.” Act III scene iii lines 152-154 p. 151
    The Friar is telling Romeo that he has good fortune, but he doesn’t appreciate it. This statement is also supported by the Friar’s repetition of “there art thou happy.” The fact that Romeo is unappreciative reveals another aspect of his character. He is self-centered and only wants things to go right, even though his life isn’t too bad. It is understandable that Romeo is acting a little bit rude- he just lost his best friend and he’s been exiled from his hometown. But I do not think this is a good excuse to act the way Romeo did, and neither does the Friar. He puts Romeo ‘in his place,’ which is what Romeo needed.

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  13. josepha4

    Friar Lawrence:
    Are you a man? Because your crying like a woman.
    You have no reason to be angry.
    An unkempt women acting like a man.
    Or a beast in the body of both.
    You amaze me. I thought you could control your temper.

    Wake up! Juliet is still alive.
    That is the woman you almost died for.
    Tyblat was killed you should be happy.
    You should have been killed by law but were spared.
    You have been flooded with blessings!
    However, you act like a ungrateful wench!
    All you do is whine about your luck and success.
    Take warning because if you don’t look for positives you will never be happy.

    In this speech Friar Lawrence essentially gives Romeo tough love. He tells him to stop feeling sorry for himself and act like a man.”Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art:
    Thy tears are womanish; He gives Romeo perspective onto his life. While Romeo is depressed the Friar gives Romeo reasons that he should rejoice, after all he is alive after a duel with Tybalt.”There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee,
    But thou slew’st Tybalt; there are thou happy too: The Friar successfully shift Romeo’s perspective of being rash, over dramatic and ungrateful to being thankful for life itself and all the small blessings.

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  14. Zoe

    Hold your desperate hand!
    Are you a man? You cry,
    Your tears are womanly! Your wildly impulsive acts are clear.
    Your unreasonable anger.
    You’re acting like a woman in a man’s body.
    Or a horrible beast in either body.
    You have amazed me, by my order!
    I thought you would be more rational.
    ————
    What, wake up, man! Your Juliet is alive!
    You were almost dead!
    Where is your happiness, Tybalt would’ve killed you!
    But you killed Tybalt, be happy you’re alive.
    The law that could kill you could work out in your favor.
    It has turned into banishment, you should be happy!
    Many blessings are given to you.
    Happiness will come to her.
    But like a misbehaving person,
    You pout about your own fortune and love.
    Be warned, be warned, for people like this die miserably.

    In Friar Lawrence’s speech to Romeo, he talks to him right after Romeo tries to kill himself. He talks about how his attempt at killing himself was womanish and horrible. He goes on to lecture Romeo about how he should be thankful that Tybalt didn’t kill him and his wife is still there for him. “There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee, But thou slew’st Tybalt; there are thou happy too:” Friar Lawrence is incredibly alike to a dad or any type of parent in this scene. He lectures Romeo as a son and teaches him about things Romeo should do and feel. Romeo even speaks to him as a father by saying he’s old and wouldn’t understand his passionate love. “Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel. Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love,
    An hour but married” The two have an interesting relationship where they can easily get mad at one another, but just as easily be kind and even offer to do things such as marry Romeo and Juliet. This is also similar to Juliet who, when waiting for her love, also talked about her nurse being too old. In this way, the Nurse is more of a mother figure to Juliet. The Nurse and Friar Lawrence care about Romeo and Juliet so much to lecture them for a long time to talk them out of self-harm. Their relationships are very important to the story.

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    1. Emma Garbowitz

      I agree that the Friar and Romeo have a very strong bond and a great relationship with one another. I talked about how they have a father son relationship in my blog as well!

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  15. Emma Garbowitz

    Hold your desperate hand:
    Are you a man? You do look like you are on
    Your crying is an act that women do; These wild acts indicate
    the troublesome anger of a beast;
    You are a man although you act like a woman!
    Or the ill-tempered beast with both manly and womanly qualities
    You have amazed me: by my holy lord
    I thought your mentality was better tempered

    What makes you uneasy! Juliet is alive,
    Who you risked your life for;
    Therefore you are happy: Tybalt would’ve killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt instead; Therefore you should be happy again
    The law that threatened to kill you no longer affects you
    Rather it is exile; Therefore, you should be happy:
    You have many blessings upon you;
    Happiness is with you in the best way
    But like a misbehaving gloomy girl
    you pout upon your fortune and love
    Pay attention, pay attention, for such acts you will die miserable.

    The Friar’s speech is a very key idea that allows the reader to understand Romeo’s character more and about who the Friar is as a person. First of all, Romeo is all sullen and gloomy towards the Friar and seems to regret his actions of killing Tybalt. Romeo is sulking in the corner and the Friar compares him to a woman. The Friar told Romeo that he was acting un-manlike and that he has to stop acting like a baby. The Friar tells Romeo he has to understand the benefits of what happened in this situation. Yet, Romeo regrets his actions because he is now exiled from Verona and he is going to be separated from his love, Juliet. But, Friar Lawrence goes into depth telling Romeo to look on the bright side of the situation. The Friar tells Romeo that at least Juliet is safe and nothing terrible has happened to her. This way, even though Romeo is exiled from Verona he will still know she is safe and comfortable. Also, the Friar tells Romeo that he’s very lucky to even be living rather being sentenced to death for killing Tybalt. He committed a huge felony yet, he was only exiled and can still live and find a way to be with Juliet. The text states,
    “What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive,
    For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead;
    There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee,
    But thou slew’st Tybalt; there are thou happy too:
    The law that threaten’d death becomes thy friend
    And turns it to exile; there art thou happy:”
    This shows that Romeo has so many things to be happy about rather than just thinking about the negative point of view of the situation. This also tells us a lot about Romeo’s character. Romeo is basically a gloomy teenager that doesn’t want to look on the bright side of things. He is acting like a pessimist and is handling the situation very poorly. Without the Friars help and guidance Romeo would’ve been in a much worse states of mind. Furthermore, this goes on to show that Friar Lawrence and Romeo have a very close relationship. Romeo obviously trusts him because he told the Friar about his dangerous love with Juliet. I think they have a father-son relationship with each other. This is because the Friar looks out for Romeo and wants the best for him. It’s as if he treated Romeo as if he were family. Therefore, this speech by the Friar told the reader a lot about Romeo’s personality and about the relationship between Friar Lawrence and Romeo.

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  16. trinityt

    Friar’s speech paraphrase:
    Hold onto your impatient self!
    Are you a man? You’re crying.
    Your tears are girly; your wild actions shows
    The unreasonable rage of a beast.
    A woman in a man’s body,
    Or a beast in both man’s and woman’s bodies!
    You have amazed me. By my holy order,
    I thought you could control your temper better.

    Get up! Your Juliet is still alive,
    You nearly died for her:
    Be fortunate. Tybalt would have kill you,
    But you killed Tybalt: you should be happy to be alive.
    The law that could’ve took your life, became your friend
    And turned death to exile: be happy that you are alive.
    You have many blessings upon your back;
    Happiness follows you;
    But, like a misbehaved and sullen young girl,
    You complain about your good fortune and love.
    Take warnings, for people like you die miserably.

    In his speech, Friar Lawrence scolded Romeo for being ungrateful to his good fortune. Romeo, as a teenager, acted dramatic and weep about his exile. “Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ‘death,’ For exile hath more terror in his look, Much more than death. Do not say ‘banishment.'” He acted like being banished is like death itself, yet you’ll still be able to live, just not in Verona. Things could’ve been much worse for Romeo, like death. However, Romeo being the dramatic and impulsive person that he is, he tries to kill himself because he thinks that this is the worst of the worst. The end of the world! Luckily, Friar Lawrence was there stop him by telling him to think about his love, Juliet, and think about her sake. In addition, he told Romeo how grateful and happy he should be, because he was still alive, instead of complaining and crying. Friar Lawrence is like a father-figure to Romeo who is telling him to look at the bright side of every situation.

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  17. Hannah Pitkofsky

    Friar Lawrence:

    Hold your desperate hand,
    Are you a man? You look like one,
    But you act not like one. Your wild actions show
    The anger that could be found in a beast!
    You are acting like a woman in a man’s body
    Or a beast in the body of a human.
    You have amazed me. I thought you would be stronger than this.

    Stand up! Your Juliet is alive!
    But your fate is not gone.
    Tybalt would have killed you,
    Instead, you killed him
    The Prince is being very kind to you. His word said death,
    But he turned it to exile instead.
    This is a blessing for you!
    Accept this blessing and be on your way,
    But beware, those like you often die due to reckless deeds.

    Friar Lawrence is warning Romeo about the dangers of being ungrateful and wanting more than what he has. The Friar commented on the fact that the Prince’s original law set in place was that anyone who killed a member of the other family will have their leaders killed, however, for Romeo’s sake, he was only sentenced to exile from Verona. The Friar wishes him farewell, but ensures that Romeo will listen to him and follow his advice.

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  18. Sophie

    Calm down and control yourself.
    Are you a man? From the outside you are
    But you cry like a woman,
    Who is too impulsive
    Like a female inside a male’s body,
    Or a revolting beast within either of the two bodies!
    You have surprised me
    I thought you could control your temper

    Why are you like this? Juliet is alive
    The woman you almost died for
    You should be happy that Tybalt didn’t kill you,
    Instead you killed him!
    The law that is supposed to kill you, takes your side
    And your consequence is only banishment.
    You have many blessings to be grateful for.
    Juliet brings you happiness
    However, like a misbehaved boy,
    You complain about your fortune and your love
    Be careful, because people like you could die miserable

    Friar Lawrence is very important to Romeo’s character. Romeo is a very impulsive and rash decision maker, which in some cases is good, but others it could be bad. In Friar’s speech he reprimanded Romeo for acting so irrationally. In the movie it showed that he almost committed suicide! Clearly this was more foreshadowing to how that play ends. However for people who didn’t know how the play ends, it gave a deeper insight to the kind of person Romeo is. He acts before he thinks, and when he thinks it is all negative. Romeo seems very much of a pessimist, because he seems to always find the bad in every situation. He also is extremely dramatic. “Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ‘death’, For exile hath more terror in his look, Much more than death. Do not say ‘banishment'” (p. 141).
    Another thing we see in Friars speech as well as the entire scene iii is the way Shakespeare portrayed women. In recent scenes, Shakespeare showed the strength of women over men. He used the nurse in comparison to Romeo, and how Nurse/Juliet was handling the death situation more mature than the men were. “O, he is even in my mistress’ case, Just in her case. O woeful sympathy! Piteous predicament. Even so lies she, Blubb’ring and weeping, weeping and blubb’ring- Stand up, stand up. Stand an you be a man” (p. 147) Here it shows the strength/maturity of women, but on the other hand in Friar’s speech he referred to acting like a women as almost an insult. Sure it was insulting because of the fact that Romeo is a male, but he spoke of women almost shamefully. This whole situation of feminism fascinated me, especially seeing all of the different points of view.

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  19. Madi R.

    Hold on:
    Are you a man? You look like you are a man:
    But you are crying like a girl; The wild way you are acting
    Makes you seem like an unreasonable beast:
    You’re an improper woman who looks like a man!
    Are you an unfit beast or both!
    You have amazed me: by my order,
    I thought you were better than this.

    Get up! Juliet is alive,
    Just because of her, you could have killed yourself earlier;
    Are you not happy: Tybalt would have killed you,
    But you killed Tybalt; and you should be happy for that too:
    The law that has threatened your life is now,
    Be happy your life is full of blessings,
    Happiness will come to her;
    But instead you act like a misbehaved and sullen girl,
    You sulk about your fortune and love,
    Be warned, be warned, for you will die miserable.

    In the speech above Friar Lawrence gives Romeo some valuable advice. Friar Lawrence scolds Romeo for acting “womanish” because Romeo was crying on the floor and sulking. Friar Lawrence then points out all of the good things in his life and makes him seem foolish for trying to commit suicide. “A pack of blessings light upon thy back, Happiness courts thee in her best array,” The Friar explains how blessed Romeo is to be alive.

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  20. maxwellw

    Don’t act out of desperation.
    Are you a man? You look like a man, but your tears make you look like a woman. Your wild actions resemble the irrational fury of a beast.
    You’re a shameful woman who looks like a man or else an ugly creature who’s both.
    You have amazed me. I thought you were smarter and more rational than this.

    Your Juliet is alive.
    It was for her that you were almost killed earlier.
    Be happy that she’s alive. Tybalt wanted to kill you,
    but you killed Tybalt. Be happy that you’re alive.
    The law that threatened your life was softened into exile.
    Be happy about that. Your life is full of blessings. You have the best sorts of happiness to enjoy.
    But like a misbehaved, sullen girl, you’re whining about your bad luck and your love. Listen, listen, people who act like that die miserably.

    In this scene the Romeo’s provides an actual threat of suicide in Friar Lawrence’s cell, in which he desires to “sack / The hateful mansion” that is his body so that he may eradicate his name, recalls to the balcony scene, in which Romeo scorns his Montague name in front of Juliet by saying, “Had I it written, I would tear the word” . In the balcony scene, a name seemed to be a simple thing that he could hold up in front of him and tear. Once torn, he could easily live without it, but it has proved to stick with him. When Romeo tries to kill himself in this scene, it is the Friar that saves him and snaps him out of it, saying ” Hold thy desperate hand: Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art: Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote unreasonable fury of a beast” Which shows how irrational and impulsive Romeo is being, almost like an animal.

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