Consequences Of Friar Lawrence In Romeo And Juliet

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The Love Story That Ended With a Tragedy

Fate or Friar Lawrence, whom is to blame for the death of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet? Were the two lovers destined to die or was it the foolish and irresponsible decisions made by Friar Lawrence? Friar Lawrence is a man of high regards; he is a holy man who is trusted, respected and looked upon for guidance by not only Romeo and Juliet but by the citizens of Verona. Friar Lawrence’s decisions were negligent and vacuous ultimately leading to the lovers deaths. Friar Lawrence irresponsibly married Romeo and Juliet after the naïve couple only knew each other for 24 hours. Friar Lawrence’s irresponsible nature involved: hiding the marriage from the feuding families, advising Juliet to fake her death, along with abandoning suicidal Juliet when she needed guidance and adult supervision. All of these poor decisions resulted to the suicide of Romeo and Juliet.
When one thinks of the title Friar, the title itself is a title of higher expectations. As a Friar, Friar Lawrence does not use his ability and skills wisely to marry the madly in love couple. He assumed that marrying the teenage Romeo and Juliet would stop the long-lasting feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. “But come, young waverer, come, go with me. In one respect I’ll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love.” (Shakespeare, 2.3) Not only did Friar Lawrence irresponsibly marry Romeo and Juliet after the naïve
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