Firstly, Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet knowing that their families hated each other and that it could end very poorly (Shakespeare 944-45). Friar knew this was a bad idea, but he continued with it and married the two. However, if he did not do this he would never be in trouble and Romeo and Juliet would then have to get married the ordinary way, thus, letting both families know. Next Friar decides to give Juliet a vial which will put her in a death-like state and sends a letter to Romeo about the plan, but it does not get to him (Shakespeare 993-1012). If Friar Laurence did not give Juliet the vial, Romeo would not kill himself because he thinks Juliet is dead.
At one point in the play, the Friar decides to turn a simple plan into something complicated that results in both Romeo and Juliet dying. When Juliet demands Friar give her a solution for her problem, he responds: “A thing like death to chide away this shame, / That cop’st with death himself to scape from it” (4.1.74-75). The friar could have taken the situation of Juliet wanting to die by telling her that death is not the solution and to talk with her parents and tell the truth. Instead, the Friar decided to take this simple situation and made it complicated by telling Juliet she needs to fake her own death. Then, when Romeo and the Nurse are concerned about Romeo and Juliet’s Marriage, the Friar thinks he can fix the situation by saying: “To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends, / Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back” (3.3.151-152).
Romeo does receive a reversal of fortune due to his marriage to Juliet. In 3.1.129-140, Romeo ends up killing Tybalt, which was then his cousin because he married Juliet. His rash, passionate judgement of the event that killed Mercutio lead him to believe that he should take revenge. Also, it is because of Romeo and Juliet’s secret wedding that Tybalt decided to pick a fight with Romeo without a second thought in the first place (2.4.7-13 and 3.1). If Tybalt knew that Romeo had married Juliet and was now Tybalt’s cousin, then he wouldn't have willingly started a fight.
Second, Leonato tells Don John “being reconciled to the Prince your brother, I owe you all duty”. Leonato demonstrates friendliness and accommodates guests who he may know personally or know of based off of their reputations. Although he isn’t familiar with the Prince’s brother, Leonato’s assumptions of who Prince would keep company guided his kindness to opening his home. Third, Leonato supports the marriage between Claudio and Hero after envisioning himself in Claudio. Claudio is another respected fellow that is now wanting a familial relationship with Leonato.
Shakespeare writes, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households’ to rancor to pure love” (Ⅱ.Ⅳ.90-92). The evidence shows Friar agreeing to wed the two because it could end the feud. Friar should have denied Romeo request because if they hadn’t gotten married, they could have been less overwhelmed and lived their whole life. The Friar had good intentions, but he just wasn’t realistic enough. Later in the play, Paris wanted to marry Juliet, so the parents arranged it and Juliet was not pleased.
This contradicts with the lovesick Romeo and levelheaded Benvolio, who don't doubt true love exists. Mercutio is a hit with the public, but dies relatively early in the play, why would Shakespeare kill such an important character? A diversity of reasons could be found for this, but first you have to know who Mercutio really was. Mercutio first enters the stage together with Romeo and Benvolio, in act 1 scene 4 the talk about the party Romeo wants to go to, the reason for this is because of love. Mercutio here expresses his disapproval towards love in the famous Queen Mab speech.
The significance of honor shows deliberately throughout Shakespeare’s play, especially towards the abrupt wedding ceremony between Hero and Claudio. During the height or the climax of the play is where Claudio denounced Hero for various lies before the wedding began. The absence of honor is demonstrated by Don John as he tried to prevent Claudio and Hero going through with the marriage. In Shakespeare's play, Much Ado About Nothing, there are different conclusions of the definition of honor depending on the two sexes. For example having sexual intercourse before being married versus being “a good soldier.” Also Beatrice is a unique woman because she seek to revolutionize the way that she is treated in the play.
Their ignorant decisions, including my own, caused their unfortunate deaths. I believed Romeo and Juliet’s love had the power to end the quarrel between the two houses. My quest to end the feud blinded my judgment and morality. On Monday night, Lord Capulet, unknowing of Juliet's marriage with Romeo, engaged her with the Count Paris. When Juliet tried to convince her father to cancel the wedding, Lord Capulet threatened to disown her.
The holy Friar Laurence was willing to marry the two lovers, but why was he wanting to cover up their marriage if it was supposed to put and end to the feud? Did he regret marrying them? Or was he only looking out for his own safety? In this love affair of Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence was the most responsible for their deaths. Friar relied too much on others for example Friar John and he did not take enough responsibilities himself.
Friar Lawrence advised Romeo and Juliet to get married despite the ongoing feud between their families. Out of pure selfishness the Friar married them because in his mind if he could bring the two houses together, he would be considered a hero. The Friar not once considered what may happen if his plan were to backfire and do the opposite. “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (Shakespeare 411). The friar marrying Romeo and Juliet was the first step into the domino affect of their