Essay on William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1367 Words Jul 26th, 2015 6 Pages
Who do you think people trusted during the Elizabethan period? In Shakespeare 's play Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence’s role as a member of the Order of St. Francis, he is presented as a holy man who is trusted and respected by the other characters. Romeo and Juliet trusted Friar Lawrence entirely, turning to him for advice. Even though Friar Lawrence’s role as a friend and advisor to Romeo and Juliet, his rashness, short-sightedness, poorly thought out plans and desperate measures led to Romeo and Juliet 's death. Today I am going to prove to you that Friar Lawrence is the one ultimately responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Nevertheless, to prove that Friar Lawrence is ultimately responsible for their deaths, all you have to do is look at the decisions he made. I believe the first reason why Friar Lawrence is to blame was his outrageous decision to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret. At first he is surprised that Romeo can move on from Rosaline that quickly but he thinks that it may help unite the two rivalry families. It is obvious when Friar proclaims “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken?” (2, 3, 65-67). It is then evident that Friar Lawrence doubts the rightness of his decision. Friar’s doubts are expressed in act 2 scene 6 while he and Romeo are waiting for Juliet to arrive. This is evident when Friar exclaims “So smile the heavens upon this holy act that after-hours with sorrow chide us not!”…

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