The main offenders in this charade were Tybalt Capulet (who killed Mercutio) and Romeo Montague (who killed Tybalt and Paris). The problem with punishing the two: they’re both dead. With these two law-breakers out of the picture to whom do you look to next?
Friar Lawrence commented on the issue, “Well obviously the parents. I mean they just let their kids run wild, leaving me to look after them and clean up their messes.” It is true that in the absence of any parental involvement many of the people involved sought advice from the Friar.
Both Romeo and Juliet, the central figures of the controversy, were counselled by Friar Lawrence. But was the Friar’s advice really as harmless as it seemed? It was the Friar who married Romeo and Juliet which, indirectly, led to Mercutio’s death and Romeo’s revenge on Tybalt. And it was his bungled plan that later caused the twin suicide of the lovers.
When confronted with this evidence Friar Lawrence became defensive, “I meant well. I was only trying to put an end to the bloody feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.” No matter how ‘well-meant’ a plan may be, when made by a misguided fool it can cause disaster.
When placed in the Friar’s position I think I, or any other right-minded person, would handle things a little differently. Any other person would have realized that a marriage between two fighting factions would be more likely to cause tensions to flare rather than bring instant peace, especially when the responsibility for bringing said peace is placed in the hands of the very young. Any intelligent person would also have seen that the risks involved in Friar...