Friar Lawrence In Romeo And Juliet Case Study

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The tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the best known stories around the world, no matter what culture. Romeo and Juliet were described as “star-crossed lovers”, two people whose destinies were designed to intertwine. It was as if the paths of these two “stars” were bound to interfere with each other. But in a disastrous twist, their fates met the same end; death. Many considered the deaths of Romeo and Juliet to be a coincidence, but were there ways to avoid this catastrophe? Were there ways to end the conflict before-hand? There were definitely many solutions to this problem, and actions that could have been changed, but the main problem is this: Why didn’t anyone intervene? In this Shakespearean tragedy, Friar Lawrence was a counselor and monk. He came up with complex plans and concocted an elixir in order to solve problems that the lovers encountered. Friar Lawrence impacted many events in the play, and thought he had the perfect idea; however, in a way that led for the worst. The three important factors of how Friar Lawrence had responsibility on their deaths were how Friar Lawrence neglected his own logic and missed several opportunities to save the lovers, he did not reveal the truth of the marriage to anyone, and he ran away from helping Juliet. Friar Lawrence knew better than marrying two reckless, love-crazed teenagers. First, there was a brutal feud between these two families! He knew one was of Montague and the other of Capulet, but he did not process the possible results. Second, he knew Romeo had just met Juliet, in fact he even told Romeo, “So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes”. If the Friar had been responsible to delay the marriage so that they could furthe... ... middle of paper ... ...As he observed the mess that had just occurred, he quickly left the tomb to avoid being caught by the watch for his mistakes. Not only had he abandoned Juliet in her time of need, he was so griefed and guilty that he could not handle the situation. If he had only stayed and helped out Juliet, she would have not died. The watch arrived along with the Prince, Capulets, and Montagues. When they saw their children’s bodies, Capulet and Montague agreed to settle their conflict. Romeo’s and Juliet’s deaths were the result of Friar Laurence's shortcomings. Everything that Friar Laurence attempted to do fell apart. He attempted to please everyone, but that failed drastically. He was humiliated when he had to admit his part in the entire scheme to the Prince. The prince understood the matter, but nothing could ever take away the pain that Friar Lawrence had felt that night.
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