Friar Lawrence is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Though the Friar is trying to help Romeo and Juliet, he is the catalyst of their destruction. Friar Lawrence’s hubris starts the chain reaction of tragic events for these “two star crossed lovers” (Prologue. 6). He then performs the marriage of Romeo and Juliet and even fabricates a foolish plan to keep them together when Juliet is forced to marry Paris.
The Friar was reluctant at first but decides, “‘In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; For this alliance may happy prove To turn your households rancor to pure love’” (2.3 97-100). With allowing Romeo and Juliet to get married without either of their parents permission, Romeo and Juliet only became closer, which became a problem when Romeo was banished to Mantua. If Friar Lawrence had told the two
Responsibility and tragedy seem like two ideas that do not fit together. The play, Romeo and Juliet breaks that stereotypical thinking. Two star-crossed lovers who mistakenly and tragically take their own lives, and someone is responsible for their ends. Friar Lawrence is most responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death because he is the one who marries them “in secret,” and he also poorly executed their plan to escape to Mantua, where Romeo had been exiled to. Friar Lawrence is most responsible because he is the one who marries Romeo and Juliet.
He knew that marrying them was bad, because he know about the family feud. Also, he could have told the two family leaders, Capulet and Montague that their child are in love and he would like to marry them, but no he marries them secretly. This shows that fate caused Friar Lawrence to go against his better judgement and secretly marry Romeo and Juliet. This supports the thesis, because of fate, Friar Lawrence went against his better judgement and secretly married them, which caused more
They weren't just looking for escapism from their families, but also Juliet was seeking for a way to escape marrying Paris. When Romeo figures out who Juliet is he says to himself, “My life is in the hands of my enemy.”(1.5.118). This is stating that his life depends on Juliet his worst enemy, which is also kind of stating that this might be his way of escaping from the family brawls. Also Juliet talks about how she is in love with her worst rival. But even before Juliet knew it was Romeo she said, “If he’s married, I think I’ll die rather than marry anyone else.”(1.5.134-135).
Tybalt believed Romeo was trying to irritate him, however Romeo had married Juliet making them cousins which Tybalt was unaware of which is an example of dramatic irony. Mercutio made a choice to fight Tybalt based off hasty thinking, as stated in “Teens and Decision Making; What Brain Science Reveals,” Mercutio let emotions override his actions rather than prolonging the situation to “consider consequences” and “weigh harmful
“Either to die the death or to abjure Forever the society of men. Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires.” (I.i.6.65-70). Dubiously Theseus has more sympathy towards Hermia than her own father and decides to give her a gentle warning, for he knows the consequences of her decision, but even though the stakes are high Hermia refuses to give up her own wishes for that of her selfish father. “There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee. And to that place the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us.
The Death of Romeo and Juliet The foolishness of Romeo and Juliet can almost be tasted in the classic love story “Romeo and Juliet.” It is obvious that foolishness and foolish decisions is at fault for the death of Romeo and Juliet because they were foolish enough that they kissed before they even got to know each other and their names and they wouldn’t stop meeting even though they knew Romeo could get killed for seeing Juliet and they knew they were moving too fast. They also chose to get married without their parents permission and without them knowing which led them to saying they were going to kill themselves multiple times which is quite childish and foolish. The most foolish decision is deciding in the end to kill themselves just because the other is dead. Foolishness can easily be put to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet Firstly, Romeo and Juliet made a terrible mistake by kissing before they had even known each other names. It was very foolish to kiss each other even though they didn’t know each other.
He chooses to marry Juliet only hours after he first lay eyes on her, and this rush into marriage is a reason Romeo and Juliet die at the end of the play. If they were not married, they would not have been so attached, and may not have killed themselves when they saw that the other was dead. In addition, Prince Escalus informs the feuding Capulets and Montagues that they will be punished for fighting each other, but Romeo ends up ignoring this rule and fights Tybalt. When Romeo interferes with Tybalt and Mercutio’s fight, getting Mercutio killed, he is filled with rage at Tybalt. Despite knowing that he will be punished for fighting and harming Tybalt, when Tybalt tells Romeo he is going to die, Romeo responds saying, “This shall determine that.” He then fights Tybalt and kills him.
In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, various characters show how pure intentions can lead to deadly consequences. Although the title of the play implies that Romeo and Juliet is a love story, in reality, it is a terrible tragedy. Misapplied virtues turn to vice when Romeo interferes in Mercutio and Tybalt’s duel, when Balthasar delivers the tragic news of Juliet’s death to Romeo, and when Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet. By intervening in Mercutio and Tybalt’s fight, Romeo’s helpful intention leads to deadly consequences for Mercutio, Tybalt, and himself. When Tybalt insults Romeo, calling him a villain, he is not concerned.