Romeo and Juliet

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ESL E Culminating Activity
Romeo and Juliet
By Hsinju Pao
The play of Romeo and Juliet is one of the famous story written by William Shakespeare. It is considered by many people to be one of the world’s greatest love stories, a story about two young star-crossed lover from two enemy families, who took their lives not only because of the feud, but also their fate. However, as the love story ended up with the untimely death, who is responsible for their death might be a common question. In many ways, since Friar Lawrence is the only one who knows everything and kept the secret relationship between Romeo and Juliet, he is most responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death. His bad choices such as secretly married the couple, made up the plan for Romeo and Juliet to escape, and arrived the tomb late when Juliet awakes result to the story ended up with a tragedy.

The mistakes started from the beginning. Friar Lawrence made a awful decision by secretly married Romeo and Juliet that are from two enemy families. After Romeo and Juliet met and reclaim their love for each other in one night, Romeo soon decided to ask Friar Lawrence for help and perform their marriage. As being a kind and holy man, he was willing to help even though he knows their families would be strongly against them. Undoubtedly, he also warned Romeo not to be hurried about his relationship with Juliet. “These violent delight have violent ends, and with their triumph die, like fire and powder, which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness, and in the taste confounds the appetite.” (act 2, scene 6) Before he married Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence certainly knew that this quick marriage might have a violent end. He married the couple was mostly not because of their love for each other but more of hoping to end the feud of two foe families. But he also forgot about the consequences he may have to face when people is against their secret marriage. To the audience,...
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