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Copy of Why Friar Laurence is to Blame
Transcript of Copy of Why Friar Laurence is to Blame
For the Deaths of
Romeo & Juliet
In William Shakespeare’s play, "Romeo and Juliet", the person who is at fault for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence makes not only one, but three mistakes that all lead up to their deaths.
He gave a poison to Juliet, he trusted someone else with a letter of great importance to deliver to Romeo, and he fled at Juliet’s tomb, instead of trying to help her. Had he not have made these mistakes, Romeo and Juliet probably would not have committed suicide.
Friar Lawrence made a huge mistake that he could have avoided himself, if only he had thought out his plan better. He trusted Juliet – an unstable fourteen year old girl – with a potion to make her look dead…just so as she would not have to marry Paris. Friar Lawrence actually shows his irresponsibility by saying, “If…thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself…take thou this vial…no warmth, no breath shall testify the livest” (4.1.72, 93, 98).
This quote shows the true meaning of responsibility, because when he says this, Juliet’s life rests in the Friar’s hands. He should have known to have been more careful. Friar Laurence’s idea for Juliet was very risky, and he should have known better than to try it. Because of his own ignorance, everyone thinks that Juliet is dead, and therefore, she gets buried alive, which never should have happened.
Had Friar Laurence not given Juliet the poison, she never would have been put in the position that she was in, which lead to her death.
Trusting Friar John to send the letter to Romeo, and not even telling him that the letter was important, was Friar Lawrence’s next big mistake. A matter as important as faking a death is something that should have been dealt with personally. If Friar Lawrence had personally delivered the letter, the plan might have gone more smoothly.
Friar John shows his inability to deliver the message when he says, “I could not send it, - here it is again, - nor get a messenger to bring it thee, so fearful they were of infection” (5.2.14-16) which means that Friar John was quarantined, due to an outbreak of the plague when he went to go to Mantua.
Showing Friar Laurence’s poor decision making again, this quote perfectly shows how he is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet, by choosing someone so irresponsible as Friar John to send such an important message. Friar Laurence also should have known better to not trust Friar John with that letter.
He is very careless, because he only tells Friar John how important the letter is, AFTER he comes back from Mantua. Consequently, Juliet dies because of something idiotic that Friar Lawrence did. He could have easily avoided the situation by just delivering the letter personally, or not have given Juliet the potion in the first place.
Friar Lawrence runs away when Juliet needed him the most, and by leaving her alone, she kills herself. In the tomb scene, Friar Lawrence attempts to help Juliet before running away, when he says, “Stay not to question, for the Watch is coming; come, go, good Juliet, I dare no longer stay” (5.3.158-159) but he is still more concerned about himself, instead of Juliet, which results in her death.
Friar Lawrence also acted very careless and self-centered. He basically leaves Juliet to kill herself, even though it is entirely his fault that she is even in that situation in the first place. Had the Friar not left the tomb, then Juliet might not have had the opportunity to kill herself.
In Juliet’s last words, “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die” (5.3.167-169) we see the result of Friar Laurence abandoning the scene when he should have stayed. Had he stayed, he could have attempted to at least grab the dagger out of her hand, or tried to comfort her, but he instead ran away from the Watchmen for his own safety, and because of his selfish decision, Juliet and Romeo both end up dead.
In William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, the person who is at fault for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence makes many bad choices throughout the play; choices that are unforgivable. When he made such terrible choices, he inevitably doomed Juliet to her death, therefore leading to Romeo taking his life too.