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.
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