Frair Lawerence

Romeo and Juliet Final Essay.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare, it tells the story of two ‘star-crossed lovers’ (Prologue) in which many people die because of the ancient quarrel between the Montague and Capulet families. In the play Juliet is from the Capulet family and Romeo is from the Montague family, both children fall in love with one another and throughout the play we see the longing and desperation of the characters to be together.

I think that Friar Lawrence is mainly to be blamed for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet in the play because he plays an important role in the marriage, planning and death of the ‘two star-crossed lovers’ (Prologue). I believe that he was trying to do the right thing but because of poor planning and failure of important information it leads to the inevitable tragedy of the death of the two young lovers.

Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet because he believes that the marriage would end the feud between both families. This is shown by the quote “For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households rancor to pure love”   (Line 91 and 92, Act 2, Scene 3). This proves that Friar Lawrence agreed to marry the young lovers because of his own self-interest in ending the feud.

In Act 4, Scene 1, Juliet goes to see the Friar for advice, but in his cell she encounters Paris, and after chatting for a while she requests to see the Friar alone, where the Friar tells her his plan. “Hold on; go home, be merry give consent, To marry Paris: Wednesday is tomorrow; tomorrow night look that thou alone; let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber; take thou this vile then being in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off.” (Line 89-93, Act 4, Scene 1). This proves that the Friar did not consider all the outcomes of the plan, he also tells Juliet to drink the potion the next day however he does not know if Romeo knows the plan. I believe that the Friars’ intentions are good but since...