Essay Romeo and Juliet - Friar Laurence
To what extent is Friar Laurence responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
The Friar is answerable for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, but only to some degree.
Often, because of his involvement in the lives of the lovers, Friar Laurence can be seen as more responsible for their deaths than he actually is, although in the last scene the Friar is partially responsible for the death of Juliet. However his responsibility is mild compared to the accountability of other influences in the lovers’ lives, including friends, parents and the idea of fate or fortune. Even Romeo and Juliet themselves can be blamed to some extent for the tragedy.
Although it often appears that the Friar is responsible …show more content…
Friar Laurence is only partially responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet however – several other factors must also be considered, particularly the role of fate and fortune. For instance, if the Capulet’s servant had not asked Romeo to read the guest list for the feast, Romeo would not have attended, and therefore would not have been seen by Tybalt, eventually resulting in his banishment. Moreover, he would not even have met Juliet, and therefore would not have had the chance to fall in love with her. Later, there is another twist of fate when the news of Juliet’s ‘death’ reaches Romeo in Mantua but the news of the Friar’s scheme does not. This leads Romeo to the tomb, where the timing of Romeo’s death, Juliet’s