The Death Of Friar Lawrence In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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There are many people in the play Romeo and Juliet who contribute to the deaths of the main characters. Though Shakespeare chooses to push most of the blame of the tragedy onto fate, Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet’s families and Romeo and Juliet themselves stick out as candidates for the epic ending. Friar Lawrence is the one to first marry Romeo and Juliet. As well as this, he is also the person to administer the magic potion to Juliet. Even more so, he relies on someone else to deliver a very important letter to Romeo. In addition to this, if not for the fighting between Romeo and Juliet’s families, the secret relationship would not be such an issue. Finally, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are almost entirely by the fault of themselves, for they choose to take their own lives. Though the other characters also play a role in Romeo and Juliet’s death, Friar Lawrence is a …show more content…
(4. 1, 122.) It is a commonly known fact that one should not rely on someone else to do something incredibly important. In this case, it is letting Romeo know that Juliet is not dead, she only seems dead. Romeo kills himself because he thinks that the love of his life is no longer alive and he cannot stand to be without her. If Friar Lawrence had made sure that Romeo knew what was going on firsthand, theoretically, the play might have ended very differently.
Although Friar Lawrence made the most mistakes, the two families also pay contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In fact, if the two families had not been so against each other from the very beginning, the play may not have ended tragically. The families are so hostile towards each other that they practically force Romeo and Juliet away from one another without even realising it. When Tybalt kills Mercutio, and Romeo kills Tybalt, problems arise. With Romeo banished from Verona, the two cannot see each

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