Who is to Blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
Friar Lawrence made a major mistake that he could have avoided himself. He trusted Juliet, an unstable teenage girl, with a fake-death poison. This rash decision was a very poor choice on the friar's behalf. Here, the friar shows his irresponsibility by saying, "If... thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself... take thou this vial... no warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest” Trusting Friar John to send the letter, and not even telling him that the letter was urgent, was Friar Lawrence's next big mistake. The mistake of him sending someone else to do it was inexcusable; a matter as important as faking death should be dealt with personally. Had Friar Lawrence have personally delivered the letter, the plan might have gone smoothly. The marriage of Romeo and Juliet was done in secret by Friar Lawrence. “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ into pure love.”(Act 2 Scene 3 pg.105) If the Friar had not agreed, Juliet and Romeo probably would never have gotten married to each other. If they had never had gotten married, then Juliet would never have had to fake her death to be with Romeo. The Friar also should have warned Balthousar about the plan, as he knew he was a friend of Romeo’s. If he had done this then Romeo would not have needed to rush to Verona and kill himself. Also, instead of giving Juliet a sleeping potion he should have just sent her with Balthousar to Romeo and then they could have been together. He even warns Romeo that the wedding is all happening all too fast, but continues on with the ceremony hence not taking his own advice. “The violent passions have violent ends and die at their peak-like fire and gun powders, which meeting, destroy themselves…” (Act 2 Scene 6 pg.127) Lord Capulet can also be “classified” as being the culprit behind the death of his daughter. Lord Capulet reaction to Juliet’s refusal to marry Paris pushes...
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