"Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime by action dignified.
Within the infant rind of this weak flower
Poison hath residence and medicine power" (2.3.21-24)

Why do you think the friar's soliloquy, particularly these lines, is placed immediately after the balcony scene???
Sophia M
4/12/2012 03:15:12

I think that it was put there to make the readers aware of the two possible outcomes of Romeo and Juliet's love. Their love could start as something good and turn bad, or start out as something bad and then turn good. Like the flower, Romeo and Juliet's relationship could be poisonous or have healing powers.

Andrew Restrepo
4/12/2012 03:17:03

I think that Friar Lawrence's soliloquy is right after the balcony scene because it is showing what could happen to Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo and Juliet get married it could either make sharp turn for the worse or it could unite the Capulet's and Montegues. This is what the Friar is trying to tell Romeo about the marriage"Within the infant rind of this weak flower Poison hath residence and medicine power" (2.3.21-24)

Abby Dawes
4/12/2012 03:18:01

I think that these ligns are right after the balcony scene becasue it's supposed to make Romeo open his eyes. He switched really fast to Juliet from Rosaline, and Friar Lawrence is trying to show him. He also is saying that maybe this girl might be amazing and perfect, but she's still a Capulet. The Capulets and Montagues are arch enemies, so if they marry that can cause a lot of trouble. That is what he means by the difference of poison and medicine in the flower.

Zack Brown
4/12/2012 03:19:00

The friars soliloquy is placed right after the balcony scene for a couple of reasons. He wants not to warn romeo, but to let him know about the things that could happen to him."Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified. Within the infant rind of this weak flower Poison hath residence and medicine power" (2.3.21-24). The friar is saying that a good thing can sometimes be turned into something bad if miss handled and vise versa. And although something looks pretty on the outside and is used a certain way for good, there can also be a side that if looked into, could be fatal. This can be put into the idea of something like this happening to romeo and juliet, and that's why i think the friar said what he did.

Zac Clifton
4/12/2012 03:19:17

I think the friars soliloquy is placed after the balcony scene because it shows that the friar thinks even a good thing can have a bad side. for example in the book the friar says that the flower can be used as medicine if its smelled but if you eat it its deadly. I think that the friars soliloquy is an omen for what is to come for Romeo and Juliet. Because of how fast Romeo and Juliet fell in love the friar thinks that the love is like the flower and could look good but have a bad or even deadly outcome

Maggie M.
4/12/2012 03:20:00

I think that they put the Friars soliloquy after the Balcony scene because when he talks about the flower being good and bad and is saying that Romeo and Juliets' relationship is good and bad as well. It is good becuase they are in love and are happy together but bad because it will most likley start a huge argument between the families. Even if the families fights are burried,it will most likley start with an argument.

Brian Dougherty
4/12/2012 03:21:17

The balcony scene depicts strong love and passion between Romeo and Juliet. I think Friar Lawrence’s soliloquy was placed after the balcony scene for one main reason. I think Friar Lawrence's speech gives another side of the story that most readers would not expect which is that their love for each other may not work. Everything seemed perfect in the last scene and Friar Lawrence sets up the reader for a possible unexpected twist in the story. Within their obvious love for each other, there may be an underlying problem bigger than the fighting between the Montagues and Capulets that could turn it from a love story to a story of hate and death. The soliloquy keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of their seat to see what happens.

mike amabile
4/12/2012 03:21:34

I think that Frair's soliloquy was put after the balcony scene because the relationship between Romeo and Juliet could either turn out bad or good. They could bring the two families together by making realizing that they can just put their differences aside. Or it could result in the families blaming this on each other and could lead to the death to both Romeo and Juliet

Joe Soffer
4/12/2012 03:21:48

I believe there is a specific reason Shakespeare put these lines directly after the balcony scene. The friar showed Romeo a flower, which was either a medication, or a poison. HE told Romeo to smell the flower. It smelled good, but the friar informed Romeo that it was a poison, despite the good smell. This symbolized, that some things may look good with the first impression, but can end up being bad, and vice versa. I think this represented his point of view on Romeo’s decision to marry Juliet. He thinks, although it does not sound like a good idea because it would cause controversy with the Montague’s and Capulet’s, it may cause something good, one, Romeo will marry his true love, and two, it may cause the two families to end their long-lasted feud.

Ami Iannello
4/12/2012 03:22:02

I think the friar's soliloquy, particularly these lines, is placed immediately after the balcony scene because in the play the Montagues and Capulets are enemies, making Romeo and Juliet's love forbidden, and the weak flower symbolizes that. However, together they can create the weak flower(the families) into something stronger and more unison, which is what the medicine symbolizes. On the other hand, their love can also can create posion, meaning there will be trouble.

Marques Johnson
4/12/2012 03:24:22

In my opinion i think the lines were placed because those lines show possible outcomes of Romeo and Juliet's future. Romeo and Juliet's love could begin as something they never imagined,but then turn into a disaster. Romeo and Juliet's love could have something bad as the poison in the flower or good as the medicine in the flower. either way it leads into the future of their love together, but if Romeo and Juliet get married the fighting will stop between both families and both families will have love for each other to be friends.

Breanna Miller
4/12/2012 03:25:07

I believe shakespeare was trying to tell us that romeo and juliet were not truly in love, that they were in lust and it happened to fast. He is saying that you may be in love with something or someone but when you get it it could be bad or good for you. So the friar tells romeo if you marry juliet it can bring you joy or it can bring you pain or death. He tries to change romeos mind about the whole marriage thing but it did not work out. The friar is against and for this marriage because it might end th frued between the two families and it also might get romeo killed. Romeo is so in love as we see from the balcony seen he doesnt care and he is going to keep his promise to juliet.

Christa C
4/12/2012 03:25:22

I think he said this right after the balcony scene because Romeo went top him after he talked to Juliet on the balcony. Also, because, The Friar said, their love is like a flower, the smell of it is sweet, and pure. But when you eat it, its poison. This means that Romeo and Juliets love can either be good, like the smell of the flower, and create peace between the two familys, or it can be poison, the familyt could end up killing each other and fighting more than they did before. His words have such an unrealistic par-take in Romeo and Juliets life and since the balcony scene is so famous for showing how much Romeo and Juliet love each other, why not in a way, sum up the scene with a part of the future, or what can/will happen.

Madelaina Murphy
4/12/2012 03:27:11

I think that friar's soliloquy was put in after the balcony scene to make readers think about the different ways Romeo and Juliet's relationship could go. It makes people more interested because it gives readers a feeling that the story is unpredictable. He explains that a good thing can turn into a bad thing if it is misapplied. Because Romeo and Juliet are not suppose to be together because of their parents diffrences they have to be somewhat secretive about their love which can make their relationship turn out bad, but it could end up good. Since Romeo and Juliet are so in love it can cause their relationship to start out great and then their families may ruin it for them so they are two ways to think about it.

Dwi C. Adhinoto
4/12/2012 03:27:15

Shakesphere placed the Friar's soliloquy immidiately after the balcony because ijt gives the watcher, or reader, the sense that Virue, or anything that is good, can be misused so it turns Vice, or anything that is bad. Vica can also be used to do good things, or virtuous things. It is the idea that anything can change at anytime, and anywhere. I think that it also gives a moral lesson that anything can change at anytime and the reader or watcher needs to becareful of bad changes.

Kirsten Connell
4/12/2012 03:28:45

Shakespeare put this scene right after the balcony scene because that’s where Romeo and Father Lawrence talk about his love for Rosaline and Juliet. Father Lawrence tells Romeo that he has fallen in love too quickly. Father Lawrence thinks that if Juliet and Romeo get married, the marriage might be good or bad for the two enemies to stop fighting. At the beginning of the conversation, Father Lawrence says that the flower he picked is both poison and medicine, that it could be good or bad. But Father Lawrence agrees to do it.

Katie Rutkowski
4/12/2012 03:29:15

I think Shakespeare put the friar's soliloquy immediately after the balcony scene to almost explain how Romeo went from loving Rosaline to Juliet so quickly. Friar Lawrence didn't understand hoe Romeo wanted to marry Juliet when the day before he was saying how he was deeply in love with Rosaline. The friar thinks that Romeo is falling in love not with his heart, but with his eyes. Also i think this scene comes right after the balcony scene because in the scene the friar agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet because he thinks it could end the family fued between the Montagues and the Capulets. So I think Shakespeare is trying to make us believe that ending the family feud because of their love is a possiblity. In the friar's soliloquy, he says, "Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified. Within the infant rind of this weak flower poison hath residence and medicine power" (2.3.21-24) I think he says this because he is talking about the "poison" between the Montagues and Capulets and that maybe Romeo and Juliets love is the "medicine" to cure the poison.

Nicky p
4/12/2012 03:29:44

I believe Shakespeare put this right after the balcony scene because it seems to be a warning to Romeo and Juliet for them falling in love, and the possible outcomes from it. It is saying good turns to bad. This could mean that somewhere in their relationship, something could take a turn for the worst. The lines say that within a flower, there is medicine, and there is poison. That is really how their relationship was. It was great between them, but the families made it turn for the worst. The medicine was turned to poison by the families, in which Romeo and Juliet both killed themselves. In other words, the good turned to bad. That is why I believe Shakespeare placed this statement right after the balcony scene; it was a warning for what was to come about them.

Morgan Hackworth
4/12/2012 03:29:47

I believe that Friar's Soliloquy was put in after the balcony scene almost as if it were to tell the future of Romeo and Juliets love. Like a flower it may seem sweet on the outside and could never turn bad like a virtue but inside of the flower lies poison. Almost to show tell that one day their love will end bittersweet. But like medicine in the flower may also cure the Montagues and Capulets to stop fighting.

Kara P.
4/12/2012 03:31:30

In the first part of this quote, it states that good can sometimes be turned into bad if it's used in the wrong/bad way or situation, but bad things can sometimes make a situation good. The second part of the quote means in the rind of the flower, there is poison but also medicine. This quote can be translated multiple ways. I believe it means Friar Lawrence is trying to tell Romeo that although it is Capulet Vs. Montaque, good things may come out of the relationship. If they confess their love, further in the scene, Friar says the feud between families may disappear, the couple could mend the fight.

Kara P.
4/12/2012 03:31:52

In the balcony scene Juliet asks herself, Why does Romeo have to be Montague? Friar suggests (2.3) that possibly good things, like no more rivalries between families, will come out of their love rather than how Juliet feels it will never work. Therefore that's why I believe Friar's lines are placed immediately after the balcony scene.

Chloe B.
4/12/2012 12:34:57

I think the reason that Shakespeare put the Friar Soliloquy scene after the balcony scene is because Shakespeare wanted to create suspense. The flower symbolizes Romeo and Juliets’ relationship. The flower can hold medicine or poison, and you don’t know what’s going to happen with their relationship. Even though good things come, there can be bad things in the end. The Friar is comparing opposites when he says virtue and vice. The Montagues and Capulets are at war and out of the blue one Montague and one Capulet fall in love. It’s as if Shakespeare, himself is giving hints to the reader saying even though there is a flower of new love, you don’t know whether this love will be medicine or poison.

Chuck Norris
1/12/2013 08:04:13

More protein bars are necessary in both of these adolescents in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Bruce Lee
1/12/2013 08:05:14

I think it's WA TAHHHHHHHH is a better and safer alternative.

Ami lanello
1/12/2013 08:06:37

Stop it Joe.

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