Friar Laurence: Responsible For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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Responsibility means being held accountable or to blame for an act. In many tragedies, there is one character to be held responsible for the unhappy end. In the case of the drama Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, Friar Laurence is responsible for the deaths of the titular characters. Friar Laurence’s cowardice, unreliability, and impulsivity lead to the unfortunate deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Friar Laurence’s decisions made from cowardice ultimately lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Upon Juliet’s awakening from the sleeping potion, she sees Romeo and Paris dead. The Friar, afraid to be caught by the Watch and to be held accountable for his actions, runs away from the ...view middle of the document...

This act of unreliability proves to be fatal further in the play, as it ultimately leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Thirdly, Friar Laurence’s impulsivity makes him at fault for the deaths of the titular characters. Friar Laurence displays rushed decision-making and impulsive behaviours multiple times throughout the drama. For instance, the Friar gives the desperate Juliet a sleeping potion that makes her appear dead. Friar Laurence explains his plan in 4.1:
Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
And this distilled liquor drink thou off;
When presently through all thy veins shall run
A cold and drowsy humour; for no pulse
Shall keep his native progress but surcease;
(4.1.93-7)
Friar Laurence makes this decision very hastily. The decision was made with Juliet threatening to kill herself in the same room. The fear of Juliet’s suicide causes Friar Laurence to initiate his plan without much thought about the possible consequences. Another instance in which Friar Laurence’s impulsivity leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is when he agrees to perform the act of marriage for Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo asks Friar Laurence to perform the marriage ceremony, Friar Laurence agrees by stating: “But come, young waverer, come, go with me, / In...

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