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The play takes place during a time when Catholicism permeated European religious and cultural affairs. (Remember, it takes place in Italy!) However, Shakespeare wrote following the Reformation, after England had become a Protestant country.

Which facet of the play can be considered a criticism of Catholicism?

A

Friar Laurence’s habit of studying herbs and advising Romeo

B

The lovers comparing themselves to “pilgrims” and “saints”

C

Romeo’s exclamation that if Juliet loves him, he will be “new baptized”

D

Their defiance of teachings against the mortal sin of suicide

E

Juliet’s promise that she will worship him as the “god of [her] idolatry”

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