The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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It is truly a tragedy when two people, who are deeply in love, kill themselves; it is much worse when one of their closest counselors and confidants is to blame for their tragic ending. Friar Laurence is the most to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death because he didn’t get parental consent to marry Romeo and Juliet, he lied to everyone about whether Juliet was dead or not, and he was the one who provided Juliet with the potion that eventually lead to the death of both young people.
Friar Laurence made many mistakes that lead to the deaths of the two young lovers, but an influential mistake he committed was marrying them without parental consent. He simply wanted to create peace between the feuding families by supporting
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Benvolio was encouraging Romeo to fight Tybalt, but they didn’t know he was married to Juliet and now was a Capulet. If they hadn’t have fought, they would have been able to avoid Mercutio’s death and Romeo’s banishment, thus avoiding Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Another proof that Lord Capulet didn’t know about Romeo and Juliet’s marriage is when he says that he will stay up and finish the preparations for her wedding (IV.2.39). If Lord Capulet had known that Juliet was already married to Romeo, he would not have been planning another wedding for her to marry Paris. Consequently, because Friar Laurence failed to get parental permission for the two young people’s marriage, he is most to blame for their disastrous death.
Friar Laurence is also to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because of the way he lied to everyone about Juliet’s death and the potion. The Friar purposely told Juliet to lie to her parents and Paris about her willingness to marry Paris, he lied to everyone when Juliet was ‘dead’, and he encouraged Juliet to take the potion, and not allow anyone in, lying to them. It was the Friar’s fault because he purposely told Juliet about the plan, and told her not to let anyone else know, “Hold, daughter, I do spy a kind of hope” (IV.1. 70 91-92). The Friar should have told the truth and said Juliet was already married instead of devising a plan. Once the family discovered Juliet was dead, the Friar, rather than ending
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