Friar Lawrence Essay

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In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet both commit suicide due to unfortunate events. Friar Lawrence, a priest who plays the role as a counselor for Romeo and Juliet, is directly responsible for their untimely deaths. Although there are many factors that cause their deaths, Friar Lawrence’s reckless mistakes were the most impactful. Friar quickly marries the two reckless lovers in secrecy, he meddles in the Capulet’s wedding ceremony by giving Juliet a poison, and he trusts someone else to send a very important letter to Romeo. Had it not been for these three significant mistakes by Friar, Romeo and Juliet would probably still be alive. ...view middle of the document...

As a priest, the Friar is violating his moral laws by sabotaging the arranged marriage of Juliet and Paris. Friar once again shows his reckless behavior when he says
“If, rather than to marry County Paris,
Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself,
Then is it likely thou wilt undertake
A thing like death to chide away this shame,
That copest with death himself to ’scape from it.
An if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy.”(IV.1.71-76)
Here, Friar makes a rash decision to trust Juliet with a poison that will cause her to fake her death before the wedding. Furthermore, he takes on full responsibility of her problem when he plans the entire sabotage. The Friar should have known better than to trust Juliet to carry out a plan that requires one to be careful and stable. Because of Juliet’s unstable nature, she decides to take the poison a day earlier. This mistake leads to her and Romeo’s death. Since Friar is the mastermind behind the sabotage, anything that goes wrong should be his fault. Therefore, the lives of Romeo and Juliet are ultimately in the Friar’s hands. Had Friar not have given Juliet the poison, Romeo and Juliet would have not died.
Giving the letter to Friar John to send to Romeo is arguably the biggest mistake Friar Lawrence makes. A letter as crucial as the one the Friar made should have been dealt with in a different manner. Since...

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