The play `Romeo and Juliet´, by William Shakespeare, two lovers come together and fall deeply in love. Unfortunately, their love comes to an end because of a persistent feud between their families. Although there are several people in this play that contributed to Romeo and Juliet's death, Friar Laurence is the person most to blame for their deaths. There are many aspects that caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, one bad decision that Friar Laurence makes is married Romeo and Juliet too quickly, without thinking of what would happen. Thus, Friar Laurence should have made sure Romeo should have known the plan before poisoning Juliet.
Lord Capulet also shares the blame for the deaths of the two lovers. In the beginning of the play, Paris - a cousin of the prince and member of the royal family - meets with Lord Capulet and asks him permission to take Juliets hand in marriage. At first, Capulet says “Too soon marred are those so early made," which means Juliet is too young to get married. But after some convincing by the prince, Lord Capulet tells him that he will not agree to let anyone marry Juliet unless his daughter consents to the match. After Juliets father finds Juliet frantic grief over her cousin 's death, he decides that marriage might help her recover.
The nurse pushes Juliet to marry Count Paris which makes her drink the potion. “Beshrew my heart in this second match, For it excels you first”(Romeo and Juliet 3.5.223-224). This is her telling Juliet to marry count Paris because Romeo is never coming back. In addition to her telling Juliet to marry Count Paris she let her marry Romeo. The nurse takes Juliet to the Friar and gets her married to Romeo.
One can come to this conclusion because the friar married off the lovers without either of their parents knowing, and then when things got very deep and Juliet was about to be forced to marry Paris, the friar decides to give her a sleeping potion so she appears dead. 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!
Some people may think that the Nurse and Friar Lawrence are ultimately to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. They might think that because Friar Lawrence gave Juliet the sleeping potion to make her look dead. They also might think that the Nurse is to blame because the Nurse does not like Romeo after he kills Tybolt. After Romeo kills Tybolt, the Nurse betrays Juliet
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.
Shakespeare states in the prologue “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life/Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Doth with their death bury their parents' strife,” (Shakespeare Prologue.6-8). Most scholars identify that those lines are explaining that Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other and become lovers, despite being member of opposite families in the feud. With friar marrying the Friar marrying the teens together leads them one step closer to their tragic death, and ending the disastrous feud. Another way to fully analyze this idea is when Romeo approaches Friar Laurence to ask him to marry him with Juliet. In the text when the Friar finally gets through to the shock of the surprising news he then states “For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households' rancor to pure love,” (Shakespeare II.iii.91-92).
Who is to Blame for the Death of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare once said “These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triump die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume”. This quote by William Shakespeare foreshadows the tragedy of two kids who took their life in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are forbidden to be together since their families do not get along. Romeo went to a party he was not supposed to go to and met Juliet and they fell in love. Juliet is at the age of marriage and her parents set her up to marry a kinsmen named Paris.
Romeo was the one who died. Juliet killed herself to show that she truly loved Romeo and would be with him forever, alive or dead. Second, this theme is also seen when Paris is killed by Romeo and he wanted to lay next the “dead” Juliet. “(falls) Oh, I am slain! If thou be merciful, Open the tomb.
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night”(I.v.44-45). This shows Romeo’s impulsiveness by how he says he loves her, and he hasn't met her yet. Romeo is being impulsive by how quickly he falls in love. This is an obvious example of how Romeo is impulsive. Another time Shakespeare shows Romeo’s tragic flaw is when Romeo and Juliet get married the day after they met.
Juliet doesn’t want to marry him because she is already married to Romeo, so she and the Friar devise a plan to let Romeo and Juliet live happily ever after. This plan is for Juliet to drink a potion which simulates death so that she will be buried in the family tomb where Romeo can come and visit her. This plan works, Romeo is in the tomb waiting for Juliet to wake up, but someone is coming and Juliet hasn’t woke up yet, so Romeo drinks poison and dies.
In the play, William Shakespeare develops a story where Friar Laurence is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. This play is about two star crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. After days of them meeting they were decided to get married. Romeo persuades Friar Laurence, who is the priest of their church to marry them as soon as possible. The Friar agreed; thinking their families would learn to love and accept each other.
Famously known as the star-crossed lovers from rival households, Romeo and Juliet depicts William Shakespeare’s definition of a tragedy a play ending with the protagonists’ death. However, they are also notable for their impulsive decisions which eventually leading to their suicide. For example, Romeo falling in love with Juliet within minutes of seeing her at the Capulet’s party, “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” (I, v, 51) as he was heartbroken over Rosaline earlier that day. Yet, Romeo and Juliet are not to blame for their downfall. In the end, it was Friar Lawrence who killed the lovers with a corrupt plan.
“Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off; when presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humor, for no pulse” ( Shakespeare, 453). With Juliet’s fake death working into Friar’s plan, news of the plans needed to be told to Romeo. Friar wrote out a letter and gave it to his friend, Friar John to get to Romeo in Mantua, but as he makes his journey he is held up and the delay in the journey means life or death. For Romeo and Juliet the result of the letter not being received by Romeo was suicide. But all in all, is Friar really the man to put the blame on for Romeo and Juliet’s trouble?