Who Is At Fault? Essay

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“A glooming peace this morning with it brings. The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things. Some shall be pardon’d and some punished, for never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo” (Act V Scene III of William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet). That is what the Prince decrees at the end of the play, he is speaking of the love Romeo and Juliet had for one another. The prince believes that the reason they killed themselves is because they loved each other so much that they killed themselves because of their family feud and that it was forbidden love. However, that was not the whole truth and someone knew the entire ...view middle of the document...

Friar Laurence is telling him that what he is feeling is not love but something other than that, which in some aspects is correct because before Juliet he claimed to be in love with another girl.
More towards the end of the story you can see a change in Friar Laurence’s character. He becomes incredibly secretive and kind of defensive; he tries to make the families feel like it is their fault and make them feel guilty telling them in Act IV Scene IV “Peace, ho, for shame! Heaven and yourself had part in this fair maid; now heaven hath all, and all the better is it for the maid. Dry up your tears, and, as the custom is, in all her best array bear her to church”. Just in this saying Friar Laurence is being selfish towards the death of Romeo and Juliet and he tells them basically that Juliet is better off dead than here, that she is in heaven now and tells them to get her to the church to proceed with the burial. He puts all the blame on the parents making them feel guilty for what had happened and essentially tells them to get this over with.
Soon after Friar Laurence got the news that Romeo couldn’t get the letter, therefore Juliet would be trapped in the tomb he goes, but only to find Romeo and Paris dead in the tomb and then seconds later Juliet is being awakened by Friar Laurence and he says “Lady, come from that nest of death. A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents. Thy husband there lies dead, and Paris too. Go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay” (Act V Scene III)....

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