Some people believe Friar Lawrence was responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death but I disagree with them. I know he was not responsible as Friar Lawrence was only trying to help, plus the monk and donkey did not get there on time. Besides, the two feuding families would have made it happen anyway!
Firstly, I believe Friar Lawrence was not to blame because he has a good heart; he was only trying to help! Friar Lawrence gave Juliet the potion believing she would wake up and Romeo and Juliet would run away and have a happy life.
Another reason why I know Friar Lawrence is not to blame is because if not for the excrutiatingly slow donkey, Romeo would have received Friar Lawrence’s letter before Benvolio’s and would not have killed himself.
Furthermore, Friar Lawrence was not responsible for the outcome of the play because if not for the feuding of the families, none of this would have happened. So in reality, it was the Capulets and Montagues fault, NOT Friar Lawrence’s, nor Romeo and Juliet’s.
I hope you see my feelings and reasons for believing Friar Lawrence is not to blame, for it was clear to see Friar Lawrence did NOT know it would result in their deaths. Friar Lawrence did NOT know Benvolio would run after Romeo to tell him, nor that Benvolio would reach the destination -Romeo- before the monk and donkey. It is clear to see it is not Friar Lawrence’s fault, but rather, the two feuding families -the Montagues and Capulets.
By Faye Massey