The Role of Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Friar Lawrence was one of the most important characters in the novel. Even though he was not on the stage for most of the play he greatly contributed to the tragedy that would soon happen at the end of the play.
Examination Questions on Romeo and Juliet Question: What is the dramatic purpose of Friar Laurence's first soliloquy? Answer: I. To reveal his character. II. To reveal the ethical motive of the play, viz., that any quality or emotion of man, no matter how good it may be, if developed to excess, or perverted to a mistaken or base purpose, becomes destructive.