Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

8) Why does Friar Lawrence decide to marry Romeo and Juliet?

When Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet, Friar Lawrence agrees because he thinks their marriage might bring about the end of the feud between their two families. He states, “For this alliance may so happy prove / To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3.91–92). When Juliet arrives, Friar Lawrence wants to marry them as quickly as possible because their passion for each other makes him fear they will make love if left alone: “[Y]ou shall not stay alone / Till holy church incorporate two in one” (2.6.36–37).