Who Was Responsible For the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Stuart Lynch       Who was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?


This piece of coursework is focusing on the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and who was responsible for it.  The people who had a part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are Friar Lawrence, Benvolio, Tybalt, Capulet and Nurse.  The first person I will be focusing on will be Friar Lawrence, looking at his part in the suicides of both the lovers, what he did to put them under pressure and the things that he shouldn’t of done which may have let to the death.

The main reason Friar Lawrence had a part in the suicides of Romeo and Juliet was because he got involved when he knew the consequences wouldn’t be good.  It was Friar Lawrence who married Romeo and Juliet; he had the plan to use the sleeping potion so that Juliet could run off with Romeo while the grieving Capulets believed she was dead, and he tried to send a letter to Romeo informing him of the plan, which didn’t reach him.  By marrying the lovers, he took a step in the wrong direction, he only thought of how the consequences would be good, by marrying Romeo and Juliet; he thought that that could bring the two feuding families together so they could make up and be friends he was quoted as saying “ For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households’ rancour to pure love”(Act 2 Scene 3/4).  But he didn’t think of what could go wrong.  By marrying Romeo and Juliet, it put a bigger burden on the Friar and the married couple because it’s a bigger risk of them getting caught, and if they get caught, then the Friar could be sentenced to death.  There would be a higher chance of Romeo and Juliet getting caught because if their married, then they would have to spend more time together which is a risk.  It was because they were married that they spent more time in contact with each other.  Because Romeo had been banished to Mantua, it was a bigger burden on Juliet and him because a married couple being so far away from each other, not even being aloud to see each other put the marriage at risk which could lead to stress which could lead to something you regret, like suicide.

The next point is the Friars plan to use the sleeping potion on Juliet.  Because Romeo had been banished to Mantua, Juliet was despairing, the Friar had to come up with a plan to bring the lovers back together somehow.  His plan to use the potion had been thought over and seemed like a good idea at the time, but once again, he only thought about the good consequences not the bad.  If the Friar hadn’t come up with the plan to use the sleeping potion then Romeo wouldn’t be given the news that Juliet had died and he wouldn’t have decided to kill himself, then Juliet wouldn’t of killed herself because she would of known that Romeo was still alive.  But the thing is if Juliet hadn’t turned to the sleeping potion plan, then she would have had to marry Paris, and if found out that she was married to two people, she would be killed.  The point is that the Friar only seems to think about the good consequences and not the bad ones.

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The final point proving that Friar Lawrence had a part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is the fact that the Friar tried to send a letter informing Romeo of the sleeping potion plan, and it didn’t reach him causing Romeo to believe that Juliet was dead, taking his life with a deadly potion, then causing Juliet to stab herself because of the loss of her husband.  If the Friar had actually thought about what he was doing, then he wouldn’t of send Friar John to send such an important letter.  If Friar Lawrence had done it himself, then ...

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Although a good knowledge of the text is shown, unfortunately much of the essay is a retelling of the story as opposed to a real investigation of the title. 3 Stars