Analytical Essay: The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, which are houses that loathe each other in Verona, Italy. Romeo and Juliet believe they have fallen in love in a few hours and they are married by Friar Lawrence. Soon after, Romeo is in a fight and slays Tybalt, and is banished to Mantua. Juliet’s parents don’t know about her wedding so they plan she will marry Paris, but to fix the situation, she begs for a potion from Friar Lawrence which makes her seem dead, so she is taken into a tomb. Romeo believes she is dead, and he kills Paris and then himself, but Juliet wakes up and she sees Romeo is dead, so she kills herself. Friar Lawrence caused all of the trouble in Romeo and Juliet because he married them without…show more content…
The friar entered a sticky situation when he realized Juliet was going to marry Paris. He knew Romeo and Juliet were already married, so he came up with a plan. Juliet would drink a potion that would make her sleep for 42 hours, and then she would wake up while her family thought she was dead, and stay with Romeo (Shakespeare 454). Additionally, when the friar went to Juliet after Romeo killed himself, he was telling her she could become a nun, and he obviously wasn’t thinking about Juliet of her self interests. Then, he heard someone outside and ran away, just so he wouldn’t be blamed. “I hear some noise...I dare no longer stay” (Shakespeare 474-475). The friar was more concerned about leaving in time to save himself, rather than caring for Juliet seeing that she had just lost everything she relied upon and the whole plan had fallen apart. The friar gave Juliet the potion and didn’t actually care about her…show more content…
He married them even though he knew they had just met and didn’t have their parents’ consent. Also, he gave Juliet the potion just to help himself. The friar caused a misunderstanding which cost the lives of 3 people. Friar Lawrence knew the whole plan because he masterminded the idea, and he observed as his strategy to protect himself fell into pieces, yet he stood around doing nothing. He had the knowledge and means to save the lives of people he knew; still, the friar was more interested in himself and wasn’t able to care about others and look at the big
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