Friar Lawrence At Fault In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1597. The play takes place in Verona between two families that are enemies, but their young teenagers fall in love at a party and plan to marry the next day in secret. The killing of Mercutio and Tybalt banishes Romeo from Verona while Juliet's parents force her to marry a different man. However, the Friar made a plan to give Juliet a sleeping potion so the family can think she is dead, and Romeo can attend her when she wakes up. Sadly, Romeo is never aware of the plan, and he heard the news that she is dead. This enrages Romeo and ends his life with poison. Juliet wakes slightly after, finding him dead, and stabs herself out of grief. There is controversy over who is most at fault …show more content…
According to Romeo and Juliet, the Friar says, "Meanwhile, I’ll send Romeo word of our plan. He’ll come here, and we’ll keep a watch for when you wake up" (Shakespeare IV.i.116-119). The Friar is responsible for sending crucial information to Romeo instead, he makes Friar John tell Romeo the plan. The Friar did not think out his plan when he sent another Friar to Romeo. He should have waited to be informed that Romeo knew the plan then gave Juliet the sleeping potion to ensure the safety of the lovers. Others may argue that it is Friar John's fault because he is supposed to deliver the message to Romeo. According to Romeo and Juliet, the Friar John says,"...the town health officials suspected that we were both in a house that had been hit with the plague. They quarantined the house, sealed up the doors, and refused to let us out. I couldn’t go to Mantua because I was stuck there" (Shakespeare V.i.9-12). They think that Friar John is in charge of delivering Friar Lawrence’s message to inform Romeo about the plan to reunite Romeo with Juliet once again, but Friar John is not able to deliver it to Mantua, where Romeo lives in banishment, because a plague hit the place where he stays at and is not allowed out. Because he is not able to deliver it, Romeo is not brief about the plan. When Romeo hears the news of Juliet's death, it leads to his death, and Juliet’s too. They argue that if only Friar John could have done something different, it would have saved the lovers’ lives. However, Friar Lawrence is not wise in trusting a man to deliver such vital information. According to Romeo and Juliet, the Friar John says, “I couldn’t send it. Here it is. (He gives FRIAR LAWRENCE a letter)Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not just a nice greeting. It was full of very important information. It’s very dangerous that it hasn’t been sent”

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