The Role of Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Friar Lawrence was one of the most important characters in the novel. Even though he was not on the stage for most of the play he greatly contributed to the tragedy that would soon happen at the end of the play. There was basically three major parts that lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet, which Friar Lawrence was involved in all of them. Friar Lawrence played a vital role in the marriage, planning and death of Romeo and Juliet. His attempts to do the right thing were noble, but because of poor planning they would soon lead to the inevitable tragedy.
Friar Laurance marries Romeo and Juliet even though he believes that the marriage will end up in tragedy. However he marries them in hope that it will end the continuous feuding between the two families. When Romeo asks Friar Laurance to marry him with Juliet the Friar doesn't think that his love is true. "O, she knew well/Thy love did read by rote and could not spell." (Act 2, Scene 3, 87-88). As was his love for Rosaline, the Friar believes that his love for Juliet will not last. Even though he thinks that the marriage is flawed he agrees to marry them in his own self interest of ending the feuding. "Come, come with me, and we will make/short work;/For, by you leaves, you shall not stay alone/Till Holy Church incorporate two in one." (Act 2, scene 6, 34-27). This is the first action that will eventually lead to the young couples' deaths. He marries them even though he forebodes that the marriage may end in tragedy. These violent delights have violent ends/And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,/Which, as they kiss, consume (Act 2, scene 6, 9-11). The Friar's intentions are well, however he himself even warns Romeo that rushing into it will not work out. The marriage of Romeo and Juliet is the trigger of the events that will soon come that will eventually lead to the tragedy of their deaths.
The next event that contributes to their deaths is Friar Laurance's faulty planning in the fake death of Juliet. Friar Laurance did not thoroughly plan the fake death of Juliet. He failed to inform Romeo that her death was fake. "I could not send it. Nor get a messenger to bring thee, so fearful were they of infection." (Act 5, scene 2, 14-16). Friar Lawrence did not stress the importance of the letter. As a result, Friar John did not see that it was delivered to Romeo. Another fault in his plan was informing Romeo of who was delivering the letter. "I'll find out your man,/ and he shall signify from time to time/ every good hap to your chances here". (Act 3, scene 3, 169-171) The Friar forgets to inform Romeo who would be bringing the message, that it would be one of his fellow Friars. In Act IV, Scene I Juliet goes to the Friar for advice. In his cell she encounters Paris, after chatting for awhile she requests to see the Friar...