The Role Of Friar Lawrence Is To Blame In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Most people see William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as a romantic love story of two teens who killed themselves for each other, but who is really to blame here? Friar Laurence is at fault for their deaths because he married Romeo and Juliet, did not have a good plan set up, and left Juliet alone in the tomb. One reason why Friar Laurence is at fault is because in Act Two, Scene Three, Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet secretly. Friar Lawrence told Romeo he had doubts because they had just met, also, Romeo had just been so in love with Rosaline the day before, and should wait. Romeo disagreed, and the friar gave in and married them anyway. He had good intentions, thinking it would bring the two feuding families to peace, but it does not turn out that way. Instead, it drifts the families even more apart, and even inside one family there is distance. The second reason the friar is at fault is because the plan he set up for Juliet to be with Romeo failed. The plan was to have Juliet take a death-stimulating potion to avoid marrying Paris. She would then be buried, and Friar John would give Romeo a note saying to go to the tomb and wait for her…show more content…
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. Friar Laurence knew that Juliet would be willing to commit suicide if anything happened to Romeo, so in all honesty Friar Laurence should of been keeping a close eye on
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