Of Friar Lawrence's Failure In Romeo And Juliet

856 Words4 Pages

The Failure of One, The Fall of Many Friar Lawrence, a holy man who does not stand to his title, betraying an oath of truth and dignity made by a supposive wise and generous priest. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the patriarch defies the laws of Verona’s Prince Escalus and the principles anyone should follow for personal morals. The votary betrayed the trust that was enlisted upon him by Romeo, Juliet, and every other citizen of Verona. The pontiff knew of the hazards that had been laid out throughout Romeo and Juliet’s story, yet constantly made risky choices that would show most negative consequences being put on others not including himself. Although he had made some well-intentioned decisions, they were made without complete or valid thought, and were not those of a rational adult. Ultimately, the rash Friar’s action in marrying the …show more content…

When instructed by the pontiff to take a letter outlining the very important plan to reunite the two lovers to Romeo, Friar John was merely told to deliver the letter to Romeo in Mantua. “By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice but full of charge, Of dear import, and the neglecting it May do much danger,” Friar Lawrence cried when he learned Romeo had not received the letter (Shakespeare, Act 5, Scene 2, Line 18-21). In this, Friar Lawrence trusted a fellow friar who was not aware of the stakes because Lawrence had refused to reveal anything, highlighting his ignorance in the matter. Not understanding the critical nature of the note, Friar John made a detour to a fellow brother, preventing him from reaching Romeo, which was another ripple caused by Friar

Open Document