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Friar Lawrence: Guilty or Innocent?

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Ashley Marchman

on 2 July 2014

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Ashley Marchman Friar Lawrence: Guilty or Innocent? Selling Narcotics? Fleeing a Crime Scene? Sources Friar Lawrence was a man of God and only wanted the best for everyone he helped. Like everyone, he had his faults and made some questionable decisions throughout his life, some that he may regret even. But, the decisions that he made during the aiding of Romeo and Juliet had nothing to do with the fact that the two felt they couldn't live if the other were dead. Friar Lawrence didn't tell them to kill themselves, he wished they wouldn't. Romeo didn't have to drink the poison and Juliet didn't have to stab herself in the heart. They both decided their own fate, even though the blame was passed around to quite a handful of people. In concluding, Friar Lawrence may be found guilty for many bad decisions listed earlier, but he is innocent for killing Romeo and Juliet. Think About It... After all that's been said, what would you yourself conclude? Friar Lawrence is guilty for the following: Performing an underage marriage without parental consent, aiding a convicted felon, providing a minor with narcotics, and fleeing the scene of a crime. As I've proven his guilt on all of these topics, do any of them spell murder? Aiding a Convicted Felon? In Act III, Romeo appears upon a brawl between Mercutio and Tybalt. When Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo feels as if he should take up for his family and fight Tybalt with revenge at heart. In the end, Romeo ends Tybalts life, and hides in Friar Lawrence's cell. Friar Lawrence then makes a bargain with Nurse for Romeo to be with his wife one final night before his sentencing - banishment to Mantua. This may be something that helps lead up to the death of the two young adults, but it doesn't show Friar Lawrence anywhere at fault for them ending their own lives. Underage Marriage? It's true that Friar Lawrence aided a marriage between Romeo and Juliet that was not consented by their parents. They begged, and all he wanted to do was help the desperate teens. But, what does that have to do with the death of two star-crossed lovers?

Act II Scene III Romeo - "...please, agree to marry us today." -www.sparknotes.com

Act II Scene VI Lawrence - "May the heavens be happy with this holy act of marriage, so nothing unfortunate happens later to make us regret it."
-www.sparknotes.com In Act IV Scene I , Juliet seeks Friar Lawrence after her father orders her to accept Paris's hand in marriage the following day. She was looking for a way out of her suffering, but Friar Lawrence didn't want her to end her own life. He offers her a sleeping potion, so she can fake her own passing, be placed into the family tomb, and escape in the night to Mantua to be forever with her Romeo. Does this plan scream murder to you?

Act IV Scene I Lawrence - "Then a cold, sleep-inducing drug will run through your veins, and your pulse will stop. Your flesh will be cold, and you’ll stop breathing. The red in your lips and your cheeks will turn pale, and your eyes will shut. It will seem like you’re dead."
-www.sparknotes.com In Act V Scene III , Romeo returns from Mantua believing that his beloved Juliet has actually died. Insane from grief over her mistaken death, Romeo ingests a poison he illegally purchased as he fled Mantua. Friar Lawrence heard the news of Romeo not receiving his letter explaining her faked death, and appears in the Capulet tomb in time for Juliet to wake up. She sees Romeo lying beside her, dead, and and freaks out herself. Lawrence hears a crowd of guards approaching and begs Juliet to flee with him, but she refuses, and uses Romeo's dagger to stab herself in the heart after Lawrence has evacuated the tomb. www.sparknotes.com Conclusion
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