Responsibility of Friar Lawrence in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star- crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventured piteous overthrows, Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.” There are many reasons to the tragedy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The tragedy, of Romeo and Juliet, involves a pair of ill- fated lovers who by their deaths will end the long and bitter feud that has been raging between their families for centuries. There are many incidents that occurred and many people could be blamed for the deaths of the two lovers. However, I believe that Friar Laurence is the one character most at fault for the tragedy that occurred. One of the mistakes that Friar Laurence made was sending Friar John with the…show more content…
He is the one that informed Romeo of Juliet's “death” in the first place and was able to get into the city of Mantua despite the Black Plague. Another mistake that Friar Laurence made was conjuring up a plan that involves Juliet taking a sleeping potion. “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off...” “…stiff and stark and cold appear, like death, And this borrowed likeness of shrunk death, Thou shalt continue two and forty hours, And then wake as from a pleasant sleep. (Act 4- Scene 1, Pg. 99)” The plan that Friar Laurence was speaking of was Juliet taking a potion that made her seem as though she was dead for forty- two hours. The family, believing her to bed dead, would have her taken to the Capulet burial vault. When she would awaken, Romeo would have already been informed of the plan and be there to take there to Mantua. His convincing Juliet to take the potion is another reason to blame for the death is because he never considered what would happen if the potion did not allow Juliet to return from her “pleasant sleep”. Romeo would have thought that Friar Laurence had killed her by giving her poison and then he would be executed for killing Friar Laurence in his rage of anger. The last of the many mistakes that Friar Laurence made, that led to the series of tragic events, was agreeing to perform the marriage ceremony for the two lovers. “Thy love did not
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