Romeo & Juliet
Romeo and Juliet was a tragedy, but it did not have to be. Many things could have been done to prevent their deaths. Many characters contributed to their deaths. The sole character that was responsible for their deaths is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence is responsible for the deaths of the lovers because he was secretive with their relationship, he was unable communicate effectively, and he had a cowardly persona.
Friar Lawrence thought it was a good idea to keep Romeo and Juliet’s relationship a secret. He was unaware that this would be a cause of their deaths. Friar Lawrence said to Romeo when he gave consent to marry Romeo and Juliet, “come, young waverer, come, go with me, in one respect I’ll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to your households’ rancor to pure love” (II. iii. 83-93). Friar Lawrence believed that he was doing the right thing. He believed that if he married and Romeo and Juliet he would be ending the feud between the two families. Instead of saying no that he won’t marry them and they should wait Friar should’ve warn both of their parents about what the lovers were planning. He just decided to marry them even though they had known each other for only a couple hours and without their parents consent. Another time that Friar Lawrence was secretive about Romeo and Juliet’s relationship, which then led to their deaths, was after Romeo killed Tybalt and was banished and then later on Lord Capulet decided to accept Paris’ request to marry Juliet. Juliet went to Friar Lawrence and he told her this after she threatened to kill herself “ Hold, daughter. I do spy a kind of hope, which craves as desperate as an execution as that is desperate which we would prevent… if Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself, Then is it likely thou wilt undertake a thing like death to hideaway this shame… An if thou darest I’ll give thee remedy” (IV.i.70-78). Friar Lawrence’s plan was for Juliet to pretend to be dead so she can runaway with Romeo but he didn’t tell anyone else about this plan even the Nurse who knew everything about what’s happening with the lovers. Friar Lawrence knew that Juliet would do anything to be back together with her husband, Romeo and not have to marry Paris. Friar said he was going to be there with Romeo when Juliet would awaken but he didn’t have any other help in case something went wrong. Instead of doing the right thing and telling the lovers’ parents, Friar Lawrence just let these kids be reckless. His frequent secrecy was a contributor to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
The deaths of Romeo and Juliet were also caused by Friar Lawrence’s lack of effective communication. Friar John was supposed to give the letter that talked about the plan to Romeo but he could not do it because he was held up in quarantine. Friar Lawrence was upset so he decided to quickly send the letter himself, “ Unhappy Fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not nice but full of charge, of dear...