Scene Analysis
At the friar’s, Romeo has begun to repine. The Friar first remonstrates with Romeo over his banishment, but subsequently attempts to console him. One could say that this scene is significant solely because it is subsequent to Tybalt's premature demise, and therefore is the beginning of the trials and tribulations of Romeo and Juliet. To elucidate, it is the "beginning of the end". This scene is clearly illustrative of Romeo's true character.

Character Report

Objective: The Friar first expostulates with Romeo over his transgressions. Upon realizing the magnitude of the pubescent volatility Romeo seems to suffer from, the Friar attempts to mollify him.

Motivation: As evidenced by the Friar's actions, demeanor, and disquisitions, he is attempting to at least mitigate the animosity between the respective families of Romeo and Juliet. Of course, if we are referring to an incentive unique to this scene, it would be to provide Romeo with consolation, considering his current predicament.

Obstacles: As stated in anterior answers, Romeo is rather capricious. This can be an encumbrance to any passing friar who wishes to manipulate and cozen Romeo into indulging his own whims.

Distinctive Elements: He seems, for the most part, rather phlegmatic. It is evident that, of this duo, he is the more pragmatic. Though there were some moments in which the character had manifested anger and resentment, particularly when Romeo began vociferating.

Subtext: As I have averred in the past, it seems as if the Friar is simply capitalizing on Romeo's infatuation with Juliet, albeit for "good" reasons. Be it altruism or malevolence that truly motivates him, he is evidently exploiting Romeo.