Friar Lawrence Is Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

704 WordsFeb 23, 20113 Pages
In the Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence was a monk, and a counselor, who came up with intricate plots and concocted a seemingly magical elixir in order to solve problems that the lovers encountered. Friar Lawrence had a profound impact on the outcome of this Shakespearean play; however, in a way that led to catastrophe. There are many factors that caused the deaths of the lovers, but two of the most important were how Friar Lawrence disregarded his own logic, and how he missed numerous opportunities to save the lovers. First of all, Friar Lawrence explicitly knew better than to do many of the things he did. First, he should not have agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet so quickly. Romeo wanted to marry Juliet after…show more content…
Had he done so, he could have informed Romeo that Juliet was alive, thus he could have prevented Romeo's death. Also, Friar Lawrence did not physically stop Juliet's suicide; he simply said "Come, come away... I'll dispose of thee among a sisterhood of nuns"(V. iii. 154-157), and ran away. Had he not been so hasty, he could have realized that the consequences of being caught trespassing are less punitive than those of abandoning Juliet. In fact, Friar Lawrence knew that if he abandoned Juliet, she likely would have committed suicide, because she threatened to so in the past "...And with this knife I'll help it presently"(IV. i. 54). Furthermore, he planned on solving the family feud with the marriage "...To turn your household's rancour to pure love"(II. iii. 92), but he did not make any arrangements to inform Montague and Capulet that he married Romeo and Juliet; he simply disappeared. Had he explained the situation to Montague and Capulet, at any time before the catastrophe, they would have trusted the friar, a holy man who everyone respected, and they would have hopefully dissolved their family feud. They did so in the end after the friar was forced to explain (V. iii). In brief, Friar Lawrence should have been more proactive, and he should have stepped in at the right time. Friar Lawrence meant well, but as an adult, he had to take responsibility for his actions. As an adult, he should have thought things through, and he should have used any means necessary to
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