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The Death Of The Star Crossed Lovers

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It is intriguing how a holy man can be the cause for the deaths of others. Although the Friar tried to help the two lovers, he only worsened the situation. By the Friar relinquishing too much, he ultimately led Romeo and Juliet to their deaths. In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, Friar Lawrence was a trustworthy, seemingly responsible, and a well respected person in Verona. The Friar thought of the idea for Juliet to drink the sleeping potion in order to solve the problems standing in the way of her and Romeo’s relationship. There are many people to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, yet Friar Lawrence is the most culpable, this is because he marries Romeo and Juliet, he gave Juliet the poison, and he left Juliet in the tomb after she awakened.
First of all, Friar Lawrence shouldn’t have agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet so quickly. Romeo had only known Juliet for five hours before he decided he wanted to marry her. The Friar knew of Romeo’s tendency to fall in and out of love. He also knew that Romeo was only interested in the outside of a person, and not in what truly matters. Because of this knowledge he said "So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes"(2.3. 89). After Romeo argued, and told the Friar how deeply in love he was with Juliet, he agreed to marry them in order to resolve the conflict between the two households. However, if he had delayed the marriage, he could have spoken to the two families and told them of the idea the two lovers had.
Additionally, Friar Lawrence had made a big mistake by giving in to Juliet’s threat of committing suicide. He should have thought longer about the situation when Juliet approached him for help with Paris. He was so irresponsible and surprised by her comment, he responded quickly without thinking too much "Hold...

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