Who Is Friar Lawrence To Blame In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet, a family feud causes the deaths of innocent people. This play was written by William Shakespeare in the 1597 and it tells the story of star crossed lovers who meet, get married, and die in less than a week. Friar Lawrence is a priest who wants to end the feud and help Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence's poor decisions determine the outcome of the play. In Act 2 Scene 3 , Romeo ask the Friar to marry him and Juliet. At first the Friar denied Romeo's request, however he changes his mind after further thought. His agreement is clear in line 89-92 “but come, young waverer, come go with me, in one respect I’ll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy to prove to turn your household rancor to pure love.” He is agreeing to marry them because he is hoping it will …show more content…

The Friars’ decision to marry the couple will have a big impact to his actions and judgment in the future. Since the marriage is a secret, Romeo tries to stop a fight between Tybalt (his new relative) and Mercutio which then leads to Mercutio's death. Now Romeo feels he has to avenge Mercutio's death and this leads to his banishment . The secret decision by the Friar affects the quarrel between Tybalt and Mercutio and indirectly leads to Romeo's banishment. The decision to marry the couple also has a big impact on Juliet’s life in that she turns to the Friar after her father wants to force marriage between Paris and her. The Friar tells her to take a potion which will make her appear dead. The plan is for her to wake up in the tomb where Romeo will find her. This plan backfires when Romeo doesn't get the note detailing the plan given to Juliet by Friar Lawrence and Romeo kills himself after seeing Juliet and thinking she is dead. When Juliet wakes up and sees that Romeo is dead she stabbed herself to death.The Friar's plan failed because the note did not reach Romeo. Friar Lawrence's decision to keep the marriage a secret leads to the deaths of Romeo

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