Comparing The Deaths Of Friar Lawrence In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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When someone takes their own life there must be a reason, right? In Romeo and Juliet, a famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet fall deeply in love with one another, even though their families have been sworn enemies for ages. While everything seems to be going alright at the beginning of the play, at the end of the play both, Romeo and Juliet, end up killing themselves. Even though Romeo and Juliet took their own lives, their deaths are ultimately caused by Friar Lawrence, because his small actions, at the time, had a huge impact on the lives of Romeo and Juliet. The marriage of Romeo and Juliet, overseen by Friar Lawrence, was the first of many mistakes Friar made. He married Romeo and Juliet for all the wrong reasons. When Romeo first came to Friar and told him that he had found someone else to love, Friar did not think that they should be together. He immediately scolded Romeo for getting over Rosaline to quickly and said that Romeo only loved Juliet for her beauty. “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (Shakespeare 2.3.65-68). After telling Friar about Juliet, Romeo said that he wanted Friar to marry them, but Friar was hesitant. Friar thought that Romeo did not love Juliet and was rushing into this to quickly. After thinking about what Romeo had said Friar decided to marry Romeo and Juliet, because he thought it would benefit himself, because the two families would finally be at…show more content…
Friar let Romeo and Juliet exchange vows, made a very complicated plan that was sure to fail, and kept many secrets that he should not have. If Friar Lawrence had thought before acting, the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet could have been
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