Relationship Between Friar Lawrence In Romeo And Juliet

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Friar Laurence, friend or foe? He can be seen as a holy man who is greatly trusted by many but gets caught in the mix of Romeo and Juliet’s love. Friar Laurence is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he married them, came up with the plan to keep them together and abandoned Juliet in her time of need. At the start of the play, Friar Laurence decides to marry Romeo and Juliet. He marries them secretly, not honestly thinking about their feelings or what affect it would have in the future. Before Friar Laurence marries the two he says, “But come, young waverer, come go with me, in one respect I’ll thy assistant be for this alliance may be so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3.89-92). This shows that Friar Laurence does not…show more content…
This plan is not thoroughly thought out. The letter about the plan which was to be delivered to Romeo never did. After the deliverer, Friar John returned with news that the letter did not reach Romeo, Friar Laurence says, “Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not nice but full of change, of dear import, and the neglecting it, may do much danger” (5.2.17-20). This shows just how careless Friar Laurence had been by not telling Friar John the importance of the letter beforehand. He could have easily avoided all the commotion if he delivered the letter himself. Furthermore, the plan was to have Romeo get Juliet but instead Friar Laurence had to do it. Friar Laurence goes to get Juliet from her tomb but makes mistakes along the way. He reaches Juliet but makes the mistake of leaving her when she needed him the most. Before running off Friar Laurence says, “Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay” (5.3.158-159). This quote shows that he tried to help her but is mostly concerned about his own well being. By leaving Juliet it eventually lead to her
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