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

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Romeo and Juliet may have committed suicide, but it’s not their fault. Ultimately, Friar Lawrence should be held responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he did not do his job of being a priest and role model. Friar Lawrence married the two of them when they were too young to be married, and he gave Juliet the potion to put her to sleep on the night of her wedding.
Friar Lawrence married Romeo and Juliet who were too young to be married, and caused them to be more in love than they were before. “Oh, she knew well thy love did read by rote, that could spell. But come, young waverer, come, go with me, in one respect I’ll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love. (Act 2, Scene 3, Page 4) Friar Lawrence is going to help Romeo with his secret wedding. He should not be marrying Romeo and Juliet because they are too young. As a priest he should know not to marry them because they just met and their age difference. He is not being a very good role model by disobeying the rules of the church. Also later he will discover marrying them was a bad idea. Friar Lawrence is at fault for their death because he
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What they don’t recognize is it’s Friar Lawrence’s fault because he married the two of them and gave Juliet the potion. “Here to my love! O true apothecary, thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.” (Shakespeare Act 5, Scene 3, Page 5) Since Friar Lawrence gave Juliet the potion Romeo kills himself thinking Juliet is dead. A little later Juliet wakes up and realizes Romeo is dead, and then ends up killing herself. If he would have never gave Juliet the potion neither of them would be dead. He could have made up a better plan because something was bound to go wrong with his plan for Juliet to drink the potion. Therefore, Friar Lawrence is at fault for the death of Romeo and Juliet. He should not have married them or gave Juliet the

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