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Friar At Fault In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Friar At Fault “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” (II.ii.36) This is an extremely famous line that most people familiar with world literature have heard. This famous quote is in the bittersweet book of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The book is about Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet. The innocent lovers come from two feuding families but end up falling in love at first sight at a party that they meet at. The get married in secrecy but then Romeo gets exiled and Juliet can not live without him. She fakes her death to avoid her arranged marriage but then loving young Romeo finds her dead and kills himself. When Juliet wakes up and sees the love of her life dead she also kills herself. In the end this is a play with…show more content…
The Capulet parents forced Juliet to marry Paris. When talking about Juliet, Lady Capulet say “Marry, my child, early next thursday morn / The gallant, young, and noble gentleman, / The county Paris, at Saint Peter's Church / Shall happily make thee there joyful bride.” (III.iiiii.117-120). Juliet’s parents did not take her feeling into consideration. Juliet did not want him at all, she wanted Romeo. Her parents should've known that she would rebel because she told them that she was not ready to get married and when someone does not want to do something sometimes the only choice is to rebel. Also, if Paris was not in the picture Juliet would not have felt as rushed as she did to take the poison. She could have thought about her decision more if her parents were not forcing him on her. While there may be some reasons to support the other side, the other side is incorrect because her parents cared about her very much and even without Paris the same ending most likely would have happened. When Lady Capulet was talking to Juliet she said “Marry, that “marry” is the very theme / I came to talk of. -Tell me, daughter Juliet, / How stand your [disposition] to be married?” (I.iii.68-70). By asking her her opinion is shows that her parents care about her thoughts. They wanted to see her somewhat happy so they…show more content…
Because they showed love and support by asking her this question, if she told her parents about Romeo maybe they would be considerate. Juliet never even mentioned the idea of marrying a Montague so they might of been alright with it. If she told her parents that suicide was an option and that she would of rather die than be with Paris they could have reconsidered their actions because they loved her so much. Also, the same ending could have happened with or without Paris. Juliet says “‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy. / Thou art thyself, though not a montague.” (II.ii.41-42). The parents did have a small part in the deaths because of them pushing Paris but even without him there were issues. Passed down through many generations the Capulet’s and Montague's were enemies. In this quote from the play, it shows that the name is an issue for them and the parents did not cause that. They even wanted to minimize the battles for everyone’s sake. Because of the family’s fighting the lovers would of still felt the need to escape together so they could spend the rest of their life together. Friar Lawrence would have most likely helped them with their escape plan because he is so good at plans. With or without the parents forcing Juliet into marrying Paris there would still be fighting and hard times. Friar Lawrence is clearly more responsible for Romeo’s and Juliet’s death through the whole
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