Romeo and Juliet

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Is Friar Lawrence responsible?
There always has to be a person at fault when someone kills themselves. The play Romeo and Juliet is written by William Shakespeare, and it features two lovers by the names of Romeo and Juliet. They get married despite their parents hate for each other. Both Romeo and Juliet end up killing themselves and it is made unclear who is to blame for their deaths. Friar Lawrence is to blame for three main reasons, he developed multiple plans that repeatedly failed, he did not encourage them to tell their parents, and he married them in complete secrecy.

The worst plan that Friar thought of was his plan to make it look as if Juliet was dead although she really is not. “A cold and drowsy humor” (5.1.96). This quotation is Friar explaining his plan to Juliet. This plan is to make Juliet seem dead so that she will not have to marry Paris. His plan goes successfully for the most part, but eventually it has a drastic downfall. Romeo did not know what the exact plan was, and he hears rumor that Juliet is actually dead. Romeo cannot handle the death of his beloved wife and he ends up killing himself. Juliet then wakes up from her coma and sees that Romeo has killed himself. She cannot handle his death either and she kills herself as well. Friar would have needed to make sure that Romeo knew every detail about the plan in order for the plan to actually work. Romeo and Juliet look to Friar for leadership in all aspects of their life, so when he suggests this plan, they are sure to agree. He should have thought more carefully about each specific step of the plan, because the consequences for his plan failing could be terrible. In this case his plan resulted in the death of Romeo and Juliet.

Friar knew that it was a bad idea for the two to get married; he should have used his leadership role to influence them to not get married, or at least let their parents know about it. “Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast”. (2.4.94.) This quote shows...
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