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Friar Lawrence's Responsibility For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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Friar Lawrence's Responsibility For the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet
Friar Lawrence plays a contradictive part throughout the entire play
as he shows many differentials within his personality as he seems like
quite a genuine person at the beginning of his role in the play as he
makes a soliloquy about plants and flowers and he is out collecting
herbs when we are first introduced to Friar Lawrence in Act 2 Scene 3.
The soliloquy also goes into detail about remedies and healing powers
"Poison hath residence, and medicine power" and from this it becomes
clear that the Friar is a genuine, intelligent Friar and that he has a
healing instinct. "Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, and
vice sometime's by action dignified. Within the infant rind of this
weak flower poison hath residence, and medicine power" in this
quotation the Friar has compared people to flowers, which exposes a
lot of the Friars spiritual side.

This all changes when the Friar decides to unite Romeo and Juliet in
marriage, he believes that this will also end the ongoing vendetta
between their two families. He believe that he can play God by trying
to change destiny but going ahead with the wedding proved a bad
decision for the Friar but the phrase "These violent delights have
violent ends" turns out to be a correct statement and one of the many
hints of death and tragedy throughout the play. The Egotistical
attitude of the Friar seems to have caused more grief than any kind of
comfort but he develops another idea which now shows quite a selfish
part of his personality as he now wants to extricate Juliet from this
entire problem by giving her a drug that will make her sleep but at
the same time make her seem dead. Now the Friar wants to save himself
from this situation showing that there is also a very selfish,
unforgiving side to Friar Lawrence.

When he tries to confess to the prince showing the positive,
responsible side of his persona the terrible things he had done to
eventually lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet he gets let off
easily "We still have known thee for a holy man" but the Friars real
punishment is that he has to live with the consequences of his actions
for the rest of his life.

Friar Lawrence and Romeo have almost a father-son relationship, this
is proven by the way that they speak to each other "Good morrow,
father" and "Young son, it argues a distemper'd head" this language
shows the positive nature of their relationship but it also shows the
irresponsibility of the Friar as he has broken the stereotype of a
regular Friar because he doesn't always seem to speak to Romeo as a
Friar but more as a friend. Friar Lawrence is seen as a confidant to
Romeo because he knows a lot about Romeo and his feelings toward women
even though he never actually seems to...

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