Friar Lawrence In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Friar Lawrence finds out about Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other, but does not tell the two families about this. In addition to this, he married Romeo and Juliet quickly without thinking. He then comes up with the plan to pretend that Juliet was dead, so she can get out of marrying Paris. Friar Lawrence also takes the blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet in the end. There were many people who had caused Romeo and Juliet’s death, but Friar Lawrence had caused most of the problems Friar Lawrence finds out about Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other, but does not tell the two families about this. If he had told the families, maybe Romeo and Juliet could have been able to date because both of the Lords are wise and might have consider letting them get married to end the feud. However, if the families disapproved of Romeo and…show more content…
“If, rather than to marry County Paris,/Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself,/Then is it likely thou wilt undertake/ A thing like death himself to ‘scape from it;/And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy”(IV.i.71-76). He tells Juliet that if she takes the potion then it will get her out of marrying Paris. Before Juliet takes the potion, she thinks that that Friar Lawrence might be poisoning her “What if it be poison, which the Friar/ Subtly hath minister’d to have me dead” (IV.iii.24-25). Their plan could have worked if Friar Lawrence made sure that the letter got to Romeo in time. In the end, Friar Lawrence takes the blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths, “ I am the greatest, able to do least,/ Yet most suspected, as the time and place/ Doth make against me, of this direful murder;/And here I stand, both to impeach and purge/ Myself condemned and myself excused.” (V.iii.223-227). He also explains to Paris what was happening and told him how Romeo and Juliet died. Even though I think Friar Lawrence caused many of the problems he was honest in the
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