If Friar didn’t marry them it would of not started the chain reactions of events that occur next. The play ends with three tragic deaths; those including being Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence is mostly to blame for the tragic events in Romeo and Juliet, because of he did things in secret, not communicating clearly, and not executing his plans. The first reason why Friar Laurence is to blame is because he married Romeo and Juliet.
Some may think that it is Friar´s fault, for making the plan to get Romeo and Juliet married. And it can also be said that it is Benvolio 's who helped Romeo meet Juliet by taking him to the party. However, this is not true because it is Romeo who follows through these plans or advises to make these plans due to his unwise decisions. Afterall, he asked Friar to marry them ¨I’ll tell thee as we pass, but this I pray: That thou consent to marry us today¨ (Shakespeare 2.3.63-64).
Since Friar John did not deliver the message, Romeo's messenger heard Juliet had died and Romeo went to see her. When he reached her tomb, he killed himself by drinking a potion. When Juliet awoke with Friar Laurence, who then left without her, and she stabbed herself. Some people might say Friar Laurence is not at fault for this because he might have thought she was following, but he still should have checked. Since the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, both Romeo and Juliet had been extremely emotional and overdramatic.
In the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet, the play is mainly ran by the bad choices Romeo and Juliet make. These many hasty decisions eventually led to the death of the two star crossed lovers. Some of the decisions that will be mentioned here will be: Romeo getting involved in Mercutio and Tybalt’s “duel”, the Friar agreeing to marry Romeo and Juliet, and the two lovers rushing into marriage. To begin, one of the impetuous decisions Romeo makes: Getting involved in Mercutio and Tybalt. “Hold Tybalt!
Later on in the play, Romeo and Juliet are talking about their relationship, and what they would have to do to get married. Juliet says this to Romeo, “Deny thy father and refuse thy name / Or, if thou wilt not, but sworn my love / And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” Juliet is saying that Romeo would need to give up his Montague name for her to be able to marry him.
Friar Laurence is to blame because of his devious and secretive nature. First, Friar Laurence agrees to perform a forbidden marriage without Romeo and Juliet’s family’s approval. Friar Laurence states, “In one respect, I’ll thy assistant to be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household’s rancor to pure love” (Shakespeare 1031). This quote displays Friar Laurence’s devious nature because he had agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, thinking that it would solve the rivalry between the two families even though it was against who he was, his morals, and his religion. In addition to him simply agreeing to marry the two, Friar Laurence
Go, get thee hence, for I will not away. [Exit Friar Laurence] (5.3.155-160) Friar Laurence is the most to blame as he secretly marries the lovers, he hides Romeo, and he provides Juliet with the sleeping potion; moreover, he leaves the emotionally vulnerable Juliet when he could have forced her out of the tomb with him. His failure to speak with the parents and seek to ameliorate their hatred and his other actions go completely against his religious vows as well as being unconscionable. When Juliet 's father insisted that Juliet marry Paris, she could have been honest and told him why she could not marry Paris; instead, she beats around the bush and asks to delay the marriage instead.
This shows that Friar Laurence doesn't believe that Romeo's love for Juliet is authentic, but he agrees to marry them anyway. The Friar believes that a marriage between a young Capulet and a young Montague might be able to put an end to the family feud. It can be said that he didn’t really care for the marriage, and that he just wanted to join the two families. This claim is invalid because
While she was asleep he needed a message delivered to Romeo so he didn't think she was dead, but the message couldn't be delivered then told his messenger how important it was after he couldn't get it there. The friar was not successful in getting his message to Romeo, which then set off many more faults by the friar. The friar did not tell the other friar, Friar John, how important this letter was until it was too late and the message couldn't get to him. In Act 5 Scene 2 lines 17-20 Friar Laurence states, “Unhappy Fortune!
In Act 3 Scene 4 for example, Capulet says to Paris, “It may be thought we held him carelessly,” Capulet doesn’t want his reputation tarnished because he was thought of as insensitive and uncaring for marrying off Juliet so soon after the death of his kinsman. He still wants to marry off Juliet to Paris soon, so his solution is to not invite as many people to the wedding. He plans this so he isn’t seen as disrespectful for dishonoring
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Friar is a liar… A Meddler…and irrational! That began the awful tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. We can say that Friar seems like an intelligent and reasonable man, however, have his actions prove otherwise! Friar is guilty because he married Romeo and Juliet in secret, thinking it would resolve the dispute between the two feuding families.
Also, Friar Laurence never knew that the letter would not get to Romeo. Secondly, Friar Laurence was the one who married them in the first place. He knew that they were forbidden to get married. He thought that if he married them, the drama and fighting between their families would stop. Friar Laurence states ¨in one respect I´ll assist be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households rancor to pure love¨(980)
He wanted to reassure Juliet that she would once again see Romeo but, this plan was made on the spot with evaluation in it. Once the plan of meeting up with Romeo does not go according and Romeo is dead, Friar Laurence has no backup plan with Juliet. .”Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead; And Paris too. Come, I’ll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns”(V.iii.168-170). It is realized all the planning that Friar Laurence put into this plan he knows because now Romeo is dead and he wants to leave Juliet in monastery they are too deep into the plan to get out.
In “Romeo and Juliet”, both of the children are, to an extent, responsible for their own downfall. Romeo, the handsome, intelligent and sensitive young boy, makes very careless and quick decisions before thinking them through. For example, in the beginning of the play, Romeo, without considering the consequences and knowing that Tybalt would be there, uninvitedly attended the party at the house of Capulet's. This was a silly thing for Romeo to do. The Capulet's already don’t get along, yet Romeo didn’t think before he attended.
Nature has so many opposites. For example, the earth is where nature grows and is born as well as where it dies. These opposites and contradictions represent the relationship of Romeo and Juliet. They were born in the same city, “fair verona”, however in opposing, hostile families. Just like how two plants may be planted in the same park, however in two separate gardens.