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Friar Lawrence: To Blame, or Not To Blame?

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Charlotte Vergara CV1 English 2D Mrs. Gittins Thursday, October 28, 2004 Friar Lawrence: To Blame, or Not To Blame? Romeo and Juliet, a play written by William Shakespeare, concerns two lovers, from two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Throughout the story, many characters contributed problems leading to the deaths of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Many, who know the story of Romeo and Juliet, would conclude that the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are caused by the wrongdoings of Friar Lawrence, one of the main characters in the play. However, Friar Lawrence is not to blame for the tragedy. Although his ideas did not work out as planned, his intentions are honourable. He shows responsibility and honesty when he continuously tries to help Romeo and Juliet work out their problems until the end, and when he offers to sacrifice his life, after explaining everything that had happened. Friar Lawrence also demonstrates that he is quick to react and would perform the necessary actions anyone would perform if they were in the same position. ...read more.


Not long after the marriage, unexpected problems, which the Friar had no control over, such as the plague, and the fights between Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt, begin to surface and develop into larger problems. It just so happens that these problems affect Romeo and Juliet. When Friar Lawrence confessed the entire story at the end of the play, he took the responsibility and offered to "let my [his] old/life be sacrific'd" (V.iii.267-268). Until the end, Friar Lawrence continued to make an effort to help Romeo and Juliet to the best of his ability. This shows his accountability and honesty. In an event of crisis, Friar Lawrence is quick to react to try to prevent problems from developing. For instance, it is best for Friar Lawrence to stay in Verona, for if people find out he is gone, they may become suspicious. Therefore, he entrusts Friar John to deliver a letter, detailing his plan, to Romeo in Mantua. However, when Friar John reveals that he is not able to deliver the letter to Romeo, Friar Lawrence immediately thinks of a counter plan: Now must I to the monument alone, Within this three hours will fair Juliet wake. ...read more.


Aware of the consequences that may possibly come, Friar Lawrence takes the risks and chances he has of saving Romeo and Juliet's marriage. Anyone involved in a situation like this would not be able to consider thoroughly an idea because time is very limited. The only thing that can be done is to take any chances available, which is what Friar Lawrence does. In conclusion, Friar Lawrence is not to blame. He is not perfect; like everyone else he is only human. Friar Lawrence proves to be responsible and honest. His intentions are honourable; he did not intend for anything to go wrong. He reacts quickly to problems he encounters and the plans that did not work out were not his wrongdoings. Instead, they were spoiled by the problems that surfaced and developed for the worse. These problems include the plague that caused Friar John to fail in delivering the letter to Romeo, and the fight between Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt, which resulted in Romeo's banishment. They were utterly out of Friar Lawrence's control, therefore, the blame should not fall upon Friar Lawrence. ...read more.

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