English 1-2, Pd 2
7 March 2012
The Cause of the Lovers' Death
Imagine if your own father or someone that you look up to acts as a irresponsible role model and gives you bad advice. Likewise, in the play, “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, Friar Laurence is a father-like figure to young Romeo. Although an adult, Friar neglects his responsibility to guide Romeo on the right path. He gives Romeo bad advice throughout the whole play. This leads to the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet because he married them without their parents consent, he gave Juliet a dangerous potion to drink, and he left Juliet alone with her dead husband in her time of need.
Friar Laurence is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet by marrying the young lovers without their parent's permission.When Romeo approaches the Friar to beg him to marry Juliet to him, the Friar first says no, but I the end, he gives in and says, “Come, young waverer, come go with me. In one respect I'll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household' rancor into pure love” (II. III. 89-92). The marriage of Romeo and Juliet starts the chain of events that leads to the lover's death. If Romeo and Juliet weren't married, they wouldn't feel the need to die for each other. The main reason Friar agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet is to bring an end to the two families' feud. When Romeo kills Tybalt and gets himself banished, tensions between the two families grow, but the Friar still wants to keep to his plan. Readers may argue that it was Romeo's fault for forcing the Friar to marry them in the first place. But the Friar had two chances to say no to him. He could have not agreed to the marriage in the first place, or divorced them when he saw things spiraling down. Therefore, the
Friar caused the death of Romeo and Juliet by marrying the two young lovers.