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Esposing Friar Lawrence

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Samantha Leonard

on 22 January 2013

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Accusation: Friar Laurence is responsible for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Accused: Friar Laurence Evidence: Juliet:"Be not so long to speak; I long to die,
If what thou speak'st speak not of remedy."
Act 4 scene 1 Page 181 Evidence: "Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,
And hither shall he come: and he and I
Will watch thy waking, and that very night
Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua."
Act 4 Scene 1 Page 185 Concluding Statement Over the course of the play, Friar Laurence leads the star-crossed lovers to their deaths. He married them without their parents consent in a vain attempt to end the feud between the Capulets and the Montugues. The Friar questions Romeos intentions for marrying Juliet but ignores the warning signs and marries them anyway. He suggested Juliet go behind her parents back, by drinking the potion, to avoid exposing his mistake of marrying them. Finally, Friar Laurence admits that he is responsible for their deaths in front of the Prince and the families. Explanation: Friar Laurence's passionate actions
ultimately caused the tragic outcomes suffered by
Romeo and Juliet. Explanation: Friar Laurence acts as a planner to find a way for Romeo and Juliet to be together but his well intended actions result in violence. Evidence:"Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes."
Act 2 Scene 3 Page 89 Evidence: "But come, young waverer, come, go with me,
In one respect I'll thy assistant be;"
Act 2 Scene 3 page 89 These pieces pulled from the text reveals
that Friar Laurence agrees to marry the couple knowing Romeo only loves Juliet due to her appearance. The marriage creates more tension in Romeo and Juliet's relationship as well as Juliet and Paris' relationship which leads to the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. Evidence: "For this alliance may so happy prove,
To turn your households' rancour to pure love."
Act 2 Scene 3
Page 89 Friar Laurence's motives are not in Romeo and Juliet's best interest, but in his selfish hope of forming peace in the town and using innocent young lovers to do so. Evidence:
Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet;...
I married them; ... Banish'd the new-made bridegroom from the city,... Betroth'd and would have married her perforce
To County Paris: then comes she to me,...
To rid her from this second marriage, Or in my cell there would she kill herself. Then gave I her,... A sleeping potion; which so took effect, As I intended, for it wrought on her
The form of death: meantime I writ to Romeo,...
To help to take her from her borrow'd grave, Being the time the potion's force should cease.
But he which bore my letter, Friar John, Was stay'd by accident, and yesternight
Return'd my letter back... Came I to take her from her kindred's vault; Meaning to keep her closely at my cell, Till I conveniently could send to Romeo:
But when I came,... Of her awaking, here untimely lay, the noble Paris and true Romeo dead... But then a noise did scare me from the tomb; And she, too desperate, would not go with me, But, as it seems, did violence on herself... mscarried by my fault, let my old life, be sacrificed, some hour before his time,...
Act 5 Scene 3 Page 237-239 Evidence: Friar Laurence: "Take thou this vial, being then in bed...And this shall free thee from this present shame"
Act 4 Scene 1 Page 181 After the marriage between Paris and Juliet is announced, Juliet seeks a way to be with Romeo and Friar Laurence offers her a solution. This solution ends in disaster. Friar Laurence fails to uphold his end of the plan, causing the plan to fail and resulting with both Romeo and Juliet dying. Prosecution Statement Video from 1:04 to 2:35 Friar Laurence admits to being responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. He admits to marrying the two lovers, and devising the plan which was poorly conducted. Friar Laurence also admits that he fled the tomb and left Juliet there. The Friar knew that Juliet had previously threatened to kill herself, yet he still abandoned her with Romeo's knife. If the Friar truly cared about the safety of the child, he would have forced her to come with him or stayed with her to prevent her from making any irresponsible decisions. The Friar wanted the two children dead, to end the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Friar Laurence admits that Romeo and Juliet's deaths are his fault and he offers up his own life to be sacrificed on their behalf.
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