Romeo And Juliet's Downfall

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Throughout the Renaissance Era, many mistakes were made, and problems arose. One misconception after another accumulates into disputes and conflict. After a tragic event, it is human nature for individuals to place blame on those who are accountable for the outcome. In William Shakespeare’s drama, The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, many are responsible for the outcome and are punished with justice. {One common belief is that Romeo and Juliet are at fault for their tragic conclusion. This assumption is made by the idea that they choose to act upon their lives.} While Romeo and Juliet’s behaviors and actions lead to their final demise, this argument disregards Friar Lawrence’s role in the downfall of the two lovers. …show more content…
After noticing Romeo’s affection for Juliet, the Friar decides to marry them hoping that it “[turns their] households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3.99). He believes that their marriage will flourish, and will cease the conflict between the families. However, he comprehends that it is making their problems worse. In response to Romeo’s request to conduct the marriage, the Friar responds to them saying that their passion for each other is too quick and that “these violent delights have violent ends” (2.6.9). He follows up with a metaphor which states that “[Romeo and Juliet’s] triumph [will die], like fire and powder” (2.6.10). He advises to Romeo that if he rushes into love, it will be a bright flame that will quickly burn out. Coming from himself, he does not have any love experience to be lecturing Romeo. In addition to the fact that Romeo wants to rush the wedding, the Friar cautions Romeo that “Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow” (2.6.15). The Friar starts by taking things slowly by consulting Romeo and Juliet before marriage but goes to marrying the two right after. If he gives advice for them to follow, it will not make sense if he does not follow his own. Without the Friar, the two lovers will not have been married and will have prevented future problems from

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