Romeo and Juliet: Act 2 Scene 3 Quotes

“With baleful weeds and precious-juicèd flowers” We are firstly introduced to Friar Lawrence who is collecting plants in his hidden-away room which have medicinal properties: the fact he is hidden away suggests that he is rather sneaky, ‘baleful’ means harmful also suggesting he has access to dangerous things which can ‘stays all senses with the heart’ (stopping heart/senses).
‘it argues a distenpered head’ As soon as Romeo walks in, Lawrence is aware of his troubled mind, emphasising the witch-craft elements Lawrence seems to have portrayed which will shock the audience. He feels that Romeo’s ‘unbruisèd youth with unstuffed brain’ means that he is not yet injured by life and should still be carefree.
“I have forgot that name, and that name’s woe” Romeo insists that he no longer thinks about Rosaline, as he has forgotten about the unhappiness that name has caused him, this reflects the naive side of both Romeo and Juliet as lets kot forget that both are still quite young, the Friar points this out.
“Within thy help and holy physic lies” Romeo is trying to persuade the Friar that his help and holy medicine can be the remedy for both him and Juliet, therefore he wants his Friar to marry them both in order to bring the houses together.
“Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” This clearly highlights the Friar’s knowledge and wiseness, he feels that Romeo has only fell in love with both Rosaline amd Juliet becaude of their angelic appearances and looks, therefore he feels Romeo is too young and possibly foolish to love with his heart as what lures him in firsthand is what he sees with his eyes.
“Doth grace for grace and love for love allow” Romeo prays ‘thee chide me not’ so he doesnt want Friar to be judgemental on his situation, he says he love Juliet because she returns his favour and love.
“To turn your households’ rancour to pure love” Lawrence does finally agree to hold the ceremony, however he knows that this could get him in very big trouble with the law and therefore he says he is only doing this to try and end the households’ rancour/rivalry so that people lime Romeo and Juliet can marry without fearing the consequence of telling their families.
“Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” After Romeo tries to rush Friar because of his excitement, he insists on ‘sudden haste!’, but what Friar says acts almost as a foreshadowing warning to not only the audience, but to Romeo and Juliet. He would rather them take it slow and wisely, meaning that they will be safe, i stead of running away with the adrenaline and stumbling..