Friar Lawrence To Blame For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,/Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.” (1 Prologue, lines 5-8) A quote from William Shakespeare’s most popular play, “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” tells the story of two teens who fall in love in Verona, Italy. Their love, however, is taboo due to the long-lasting feud between their families. Climatically, their forbidden love ends with both Romeo and Juliet killing themselves. The evidence shows that Friar Lawrence is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet he marries them in secret, gives Juliet a dangerous sleeping potion, and leaves Juliet in the tomb by herself. First, Friar Lawrence is to blame because he marries Romeo and Juliet without parental consent. Friar Lawrence tells Romeo, “Oh, she knew well/Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell./But come, young waverer, come, go with me/In one respect Ill thy assistant be,/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households rancor to pure love” …show more content…

Friar Lawrence tells Juliet, “Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead, And Paris too. Come, Ill dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns. Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay.” (Act 5, Scene 3, lines 67-71) It was selfish of Friar Lawrence to leave Juliet by herself immediately following her husband’s death because he knew that she was suicidal before and she most likely was again after all of the hardships she went through that night. Had Friar Lawrence owned up to his mistakes when the night watch came instead of running from them, Juliet never would’ve had the opportunity to kill herself with Romeo’s dagger so Friar Lawrence is to blame for being so thoughtless and causing Romeo and Juliet’s tragic

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