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Reprehensible Sins

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Introduction

Reprehensible Sins Religious authorities are perceived as holy icons that distribute words of blessing and wisdom to others. They most definitely do not perform sinful actions nor violate rules. These authorities are idols that people admire because they are respectful, considerate, and play many different roles in the lives of many people. In William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Friar Lawrence does not demonstrate the characteristics that are admired in a religious figure. Though he does things to help someone in need, Friar Lawrence is disrespectful, selfish, and violates regulations. Additionally, because of his poor actions, he jeopardizes many conflicts and tribulations in the play. Thus, Friar Lawrence does not deserve to hold the title of a religious authority. A disrespectful priest is like a beauty losing her exquisiteness. They are not worthy of admiration. Any religious individual who is disrespectful does not demonstrate the qualities of an idol. In the play "Romeo and Juliet," Friar Lawrence is perceived as a disrespectful priest because of his agreement to marry Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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How is it possible that a religious figure can ever be insensitive when they are supposed to be considerate and help others through hardships? Hence, it is not possible. Therefore, Friar Lawrence does not display the qualities of a priest due to his selfishness. An example of his selfishness is when he says, "She wakes, and I entreated her come forth" "And bear this work of heaven with patience." "But then a noise did scare me from the tomb," "And she, too desperate, would not go with me" "But, as it seems, did violence on herself." (Shakespeare Act V, Scene iii, 269-273) These false words show that Friar Lawrence is selfish because he does not desire to speak the truth. He declares that he tried to persuade Juliet to calm down. However, the truth exposed shows that after Juliet realizes Romeo is dead, Friar Lawrence actually runs away. He only says what it said to escape from being in trouble. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet, being only a young teen, who is oblivious to what she is doing, threatens the friar to help her. Though Friar Lawrence knows it is illegal, nonetheless, he gives Juliet the poison. This shows he not only is violating strict laws, but is thoughtless of the things that could happen to Juliet. All in all, a religious authority is intended to set positive examples for others. They are meant to be benevolent, obliging, and respect rules and feelings of the individuals who look up to them. These are the things that make them a holy icon. However, Friar Lawrence does not demonstrate the characteristics that are admired in a religious figure. He is insolent, selfish, and infringes rules. No priest, minister, or rabbi would do the horrid actions that Friar Lawrence has done. Not only does he violates the admirable characteristics of a religious authority, but also causes the death of the two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. It is unacceptable and because of his poor actions, he should be penalized. Friar Lawrence has conducted unforgivable sins and does not deserve his holy title. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nguyen 1 ...read more.

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