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Why Friar Laurence is Most Responsible for the Death of Rom

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nidhi ramesh

on 7 March 2016

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Transcript of Why Friar Laurence is Most Responsible for the Death of Rom

Reason #1:
Friar Laurence marries Romeo and Juliet too quickly, without fully thinking things through.
The Friar should have thought before acting. If he hadn't made his decision so quickly and really thought about it then he would have found out that Juliet was to marry Paris. Also, knowing Romeo, who recently was weeping over Rosaline, he should know that Romeo is not yet mature. They are both teens, and are in love for the first time. They really should spend more time and get to know each other first. So would it be wise to marry these two people? It may end the feud, but a lot of other problems arise.
Reason #2:
Friar Laurence should have made sure Romeo confirmed the plan before poisoning Juliet.
"In the meantime, against thou shalt awake, shall Romeo by my letters know our drift; And hither should he come; and he and I will watch thy waking, and that very night."(4.1.113)In short, The Friar had sent another Friar to tell Romeo the plan. There are many things that can go wrong with this way. The Friar should have been wise and sent the letter, had confirmation from Romeo, and then poisoned Juliet. Or, he could have delivered the letter in a more secure way, perhaps personally. The Friar was not wise in trusting only one man to deliver such vital information.

Reason #3:
Friar Laurence runs away when Juliet needed him the most, and by leaving her alone, she kills herself.
In the tomb scene, the Friar attempts to help Juliet before he runs 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 too selfish.
He feared getting caught and runs away, leaving Juliet behind. Had he stayed a little longer, he could have stopped Juliet from killing herself.
Friar Laurence was the most responsible for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. He makes his decisions too quickly without fully thinking them through.While others may have contributed, no one is more to blame than Friar Laurence. Romeo and Juliet were only impulsive because they were in love and desperate, but the Friar had no exuse to have acted in haste. Because of his decisions, he caused Romeo and Juliet to die.
Why Friar Laurence is Most Responsible for the Death of Romeo and Juliet
By Nidhi Ramesh and Inga Nazaryan
The Friar had intentions of ending the feud between the families, when he said "For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancor to pure love."(2.3.91-92) However, he did not stop to think of all the consequences. Had he later that day, went and stated to Lord Capulet and Montague that he had just married their children, then things wouldn't have ended so fatally.
In William Shakespeare's play,"Romeo and Juliet", the person that is most responsible for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet is Friar Laurence. Friar Laurence made not only one, but three big mistakes that caused the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet.
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