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Discussing whether Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be discussing whether Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In act 5 he states to the Prince that he feels his guilt is the "greatest". I believe that he is partly responsible for what happens at the end of the play, as he was the one who married Romeo and Juliet. He also gave Juliet the plan to take the sleeping potion and fake her death. He was also responsible for delivering the letter to Romeo, that Romeo never received. However, there are other characters that can also be held responsible and in this essay I will be discussing Romeo and Juliet, Lord and Lady Capulet and how Fate all play a part in this tragedy. Friar Lawrence has a lot of involvement in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet because even though he thinks that their love emerges too suddenly to be true love, he still agrees to marry them: "In on respect I'll thy assistant be: For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancour to pure love." (Act 2 scene 3) Firstly Friar Lawrence is telling Romeo that he thinks that they are acting too promptly but he will marry them to stop the fighting between the two rival families and turn the fighting into love: "Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast." (Act 2 scene 3) However, Friar Lawrence then warns Romeo that after he marries Juliet that they should not make any hasty decisions or it could lead to a disaster in the future. ...read more.

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She is so distraught that stabs herself with Romeo's dagger: "there rust and let me die. " (Act 5 scene 3) These are the last words that Juliet utters before she dies. So I feel that Friar Lawrence is partly to blame for all the deaths in the play. He, by marrying Romeo and Juliet started a chain of events that lead to the tragic ending and by suggesting such a dangerous plan he was playing with their lives. Romeo and Juliet can also be blamed for their own deaths. They were very much in love and should have taken things more slowly. They both rushed into their marriage without thinking of the consequences it may have on their families' situation: "Thou art thyself through not a Montague," (act 2 scene 2) Juliet is telling Romeo that he is the man she loves even if he is a Montague it does not matter to her. Romeo and Juliet did not tell their parents about their love: "I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo" (Act 3 scene 5) Juliet hints to her mother about her love for Romeo. Although, neither Romeo nor Juliet tells their parents about their marriage in case they try to stop them seeing each other. Romeo acts with hast throughout the play without thinking things through. Romeo rushes into marriage and then when he hears about Juliet's supposed death, he rushes straight back to Verona: "And hire post-horses; I will hence tonight"(act 5 scene 1) ...read more.

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(Prologue) This quote, from the very beginning of the play, sums up the bad luck that runs throughout the plot. Fate has it that the stars are controlling the events of the play. Two young people take their lives for their love. Just before Romeo meets Juliet at the party he can sense that something bad is going to happen: "Some consequences yet hanging in the stars" (act 1 scene 4) Romeo is telling himself that if he enters the party something terrible is going to happen to him, as if his future is written in the stars. He believes that the stars control his destiny. On hearing of Romeo's banishment after he killed Tybalt, Juliet refers to the stars: "Take him and cut him out in little stars," (act 3 scene 2) Juliet is alone talking out-loud about what she feels of Romeo's banishment. She is very upset that she may never see him again. So she wants to put him in the sky so she can always see him. " Is it e'en so? then I defy you stars!" (act 5 scene 1) Romeo hears about Juliet's death and blames the stars for it. To conclude my discussion about the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, from the very beginning the love of Romeo and Juliet was destined for disaster. Although there were many events throughout their lives that contributed to their deaths, I feel Fate is most to blame. Romeo and Juliet believed the stars controlled everything and that the stars were against them. These beliefs played a large part in how they reacted to the many events that lead to their deaths. 1 ...read more.

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