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Is Friar Lawrence to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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Is Friar Lawrence to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the two main characters both commit suicide, Romeo takes poison and Juliet stabs herself. Although they both took their own lives many other characters deserve some blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet such as, Tybalt, Lord Capulet and Paris. Shakespeare describes the couple as star crossed lovers, meaning that they were meant to be together so even fate plays some part in their deaths, but the character who plays the biggest part in Romeo and Juliet's deaths is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence enters the play in Act 2 Scene 3 Romeo arrives at the Friars cell pleading for Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet despite having only just met Juliet Friar Lawrence is reluctant to marry the couple but agrees in the hope that it will stop the fighting between the Capulets and the Montagues "For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households rancour to pure love," Friar Lawrence ...read more.


Romeo is sent away Juliet's father agrees to let Paris marry his daughter. Juliet begs the Nurse for help but all she can advise her to do is forget about Romeo, so Juliet comes to Friar Lawrence saying asking for help and unless she can prevent this marriage she will take her own life, "If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, Do thou call my resolution wise, And with this knife I'll help it presently." Friar Lawrence devises a plan to fake Juliet's death by putting her into a death-like sleep to save her from marrying Paris then later reuniting Romeo and Juliet in Mantua where Romeo is. Friar Lawrence has now forgotten his original plans of removing the feud between the two families and is trying to save Romeo and Juliets relationship, this is only causing Friar Lawrence to get more involved in the couple and resting the blame on him because Romeo and Juliet are relying on him to help them. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence tries to get Juliet to leave the tomb with him "Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go good Juliet, I dare no longer stay" and offers to keep her safe in a sisterhood of nuns. Friar Lawrence leaves quickly as the guards come to see Juliet stab herself. Friar Lawrence leaving meant Juliet could stab herself unchallenged, this was another mistake of Lawrence's if he had stayed then she wouldn't have been able to kill herself. In Act 5 Scene 3 Friar Lawrence confesses his sins and explains how takes blame for the deaths of Rome and Juliet. "And here I stand both to impeach and purge Myself condemned, and myself excused." Friar Lawrence obviously played the biggest part in the star crossed lovers fate. His plans to unite the two hateful families failed tragically and ended up getting him into serious trouble. Although the other characters deserve some blame, none of them became so involved in Romeo and Juliet's relationship like Friar Lawrence who should stand guilty of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Niall Bradnick 11G1 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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