Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet


William Shakespeare

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Friar John Character Analysis

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A Franciscan friar tasked with delivering a letter explaining Friar Laurence and Juliet’s scheme of faking Juliet’s death to Romeo. However, he is held up en route, and never manages to get the letter to Mantua. As a result, Romeo has no knowledge of the plan and commits suicide upon finding Juliet’s “dead” body.
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Friar John Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet

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Act 5, Scene 2
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Another friar, Friar John , enters Friar Laurence’s chambers and greets him. Friar Laurence happily welcomes the man, who... (full context)