Admittedly Friar Lawrence did agree to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret in Act II, but he did this in hopes that it would end the feud, and his intentions can be seen in this quote, “ In one respect all thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households’ rancor to pure love”(Act II scene iii). The feud is a major reason for Friar Lawrence allowing Romeo and Juliet to be married. Friar Lawrence's actions disprove the claim that he is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths since his actions were ultimately caused by the feud. Therefore, Friar Lawrence did not cause the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and the claim that he is responsible is invalid.
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. Friar then told her the plan which involved drinking a vial of potion.
Even if he would have not kept his and Juliet's relationship a secret the outcome would have been better. His own personal desire worked heavily against him. Romeo had decided to pursue his own personal desire and ask the Friar to marry him and Juliet. This was a few days after they had met and he was sure they were meant to be together. The Friar realized how foolish it was, but the only reason he married them was because he thought there was a possibility of this helping to end the feud between their families.
Friar Lawrence agrees to get Romeo and Juliet married This was a happy day for Romeo and Juliet, So smile the heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not. (I.vii.1-2) Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry Juliet even though their family is enemies, he is very confused and against the idea, but eventually gets them both married because he thinks that it will cause an end to their family feud. The Montagues and the Capulets hated each other for a long period of time, by marrying the both young lovers he thinks that both families will be in peace. Friar Laurence has sacrificed by marrying both of them without any of their parent's permission.
At the time this play was written, Religion played a bigger part in people 's lives. Nearly all would have been religious and it would greatly affect their decisions in life. In act one scene five, line ninety-five, Romeo says, ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand’ Romeo is comparing Juliet to a statue of a saint and referring to himself, (his lips) as a pilgrim. Juliet replies in a flirtatious manner, ‘Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this. For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss’ Juliet states that a true pilgrim should only be using his lips during prayer, of course in a jocular
Friar Laurence’s rash action in marrying Juliet, his hasty plan to avert Juliet from an unwanted marriage with Paris, and his failure to get his message delivered to Romeo in time all contribute to the death of Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo goes to see Friar Laurence after his new found love, they immediately begin to talk about marriage. Friar Laurence sees the opportunity to unite the two disputing families by marrying them. When Friar Laurence and Romeo are discussing a possible marriage, he tells Romeo “ wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast” (Shakespeare.2.3.95-96). Friar Laurence agrees to marry them knowing the danger in making such an immense commitment in just 24 hours.
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a play by William Shakespeare, is a tragic drama, written around 1595. Romeo meets Juliet and promptly falls in love with her. They later get married after knowing each other for a short time. Neither of them considers the struggles their love could bring. Friar Lawrence’s quote expresses that those who rush expose themselves to complications, which is confirmed by the events Romeo and Juliet encounter.
Love at first sight is impossible because love only comes AFTER a couple knows each other for exactly who and what each other is. For example, Romeo swears to Benvolio and Friar Lawrence that he loves Rosaline, which he proves by describing her physical beauty. However, once he sees Juliet, he forgets that he ever knew Rosalline. He swears that he only loves Juliet, and that their love is real because she loves him back. How can either love the other when they know nothing about each other except what he/she looks like and how well he/she kisses?
For instance, Friar Lawrence, Romeo's mentor, indirectly caused the two lover's deaths by enabling their spontaneous marriage to one another, "In one respect / I'll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancor to pure love" (2.4 90-92). Although the Friar had had good intentions, his aid only worsened the situation further. The agreement to marry the pair of lovers, sealed their tragic fates in holy matrimony. Shakespeare emphasizes the Friar’s failure in this very decision, further foreshadowing to the audience of a conflict to come as a result of disastrous impetuosity. As in this case, the Friar’s amenable demeanor accompanied his hasty decision, ultimately dooming Romeo and Juliet.
Benedick also changes his mind instantly about marriage and loving Beatrice as soon as he overhears the Prince, Claudio, and Leonato talking in the garden about how Beatrice is in love with Bendecick, and that she is just afraid to admit it. He says to himself, “When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married. Here comes Beatrice. By this day, she’s a fair lady. I do
Romeo and Juliet’s love cannot apart from their two feuding families that lead to their fatal passing in the end. Many people were responsible for their death, as it portrays through out the play. Although, Friar Lawrence is the main person to blame. In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy of two star crossed lovers for the following reasons, he is easily persuaded, he is irresponsible and is selfish. Friar Lawrence is easily persuaded without thinking in the risks involved.