Friar Lawrence Is To Blame In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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In the play, Romeo and Juliet, there are several significant details that help the reader comprehend who is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death. First, the character Friar Laurence might be the one to blame since he marries Romeo and Juliet hoping it will stop the Montague's and the Capulet's from fading. Another important detail is he also gave Juliet a remedy so she didn’t have to marry Paris and for 2 days it will seem like she is deceased. The third detail important to the play is Friar Laurence was sending a message to Romeo that Juliet is not dead, but that she is sleeping, but Friar Laurence’s message never made it to Romeo. Another important detail is he knew immediately that when the message didn’t reach Romeo …show more content…

The first is because he married them. So why did he marry Romeo and Juliet? “so smile the heavens upon this holy act… these violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph, die, like fire and power, which as they kiss, consume.” (act 2, scene 6). Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet because he thought it would stop the feud between the Capulet's and the Montague's which he referrers the feud to be like “and in their triumph, die, like fire and power” (act 2, scene 6). With the Capulet's and the Montague's in a feud friar Laurence marries them thinking it will end the feud. Moreover, as to why he is to be blamed is, he gave Juliet a sleeping potion. “And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy” (act 4, scene 1). Friar Laurence gave Juliet a potion so she could avoid marring Paris. In act 4, scene 1 Juliet says “tell me not, friar, that thou hearst of this, unless thou tell me how I may prevent it… god joined my heart with Romeos, thou our hands...” Juliet is asking Friar Laurence what she should do because she doesn’t want to marry Paris, so Friar Laurence will give Juliet a potion to make Juliet sleep for 2 days and then her parents will think she died and will bury her in the family tomb, all so she can avoid marring

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