Friar Lawrence is to Blame in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

analytical Essay
1003 words
1003 words

In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence has a major role. As a member of the Order of St. Francis, a group of wise and generous priests, Romeo and Juliet trusted Friar Laurence completely, turning to him for advice, and solutions. He was there throughout Romeo’s and Juliet's lives; he married them, came up with a plan to keep them together, and was a friend throughout their tragedies. However, Friar Laurence’s rash action in marrying Romeo and Juliet, his shortsighted plan for rescuing Juliet from an unwanted marriage to Paris, and his fear of committing sin all contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence, through his lack of good judgment, is largely responsible for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. Rather than being supportive of them and helping them disclose their loving situation, Friar Laurence took the “easy” way out. He succumbed to their desire to elope. He secretly married Romeo and Juliet instead of standing behind them and encouraging them to confront their families with the facts about their commitment to and love for each other. As a result, an even stronger bond between them was created through marriage: "For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone / Till holy church incorporate two in one" (2.6.36-37). Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet, hoping that their union would bring an end to the constant feuding between their two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Though the friar’s intentions were good and above reproach, they were certainly missteps along a pathway to tragedy. None of the tragedies would have occurred if Romeo and Juliet were not married. When Tybalt challenged Romeo... ... middle of paper ... to blame, his haste and incompetence, was propelled by his inadequacy and impure motives. Romeo’s and Juliet's deaths were the result of Friar Laurence's shortcomings, his predisposition to act in haste, his shortsightedness and his fear of sin. He set the wheel of catastrophe in motion, mixed in a little rashness and hastiness and topped it of with a few bad decisions. In trying to please everyone, he pleased no one. “They stumble who run fast” (2.3.101); it is odd how someone could not apply his own wisdom to his own actions. "Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied" (2.3.17). Friar Laurence's own advice would suit him best and God help the rest. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York: University Press, 1992.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how friar laurence, a member of the order of st. francis, helped romeo and juliet through their tragedies. his rash actions, shortsighted plan, and fear of sin contributed to their deaths.
  • Analyzes how friar laurence, through his lack of good judgment, is largely responsible for the deaths of both romeo and juliet.
  • Explains friar laurence's plan to keep romeo and juliet together was shortsighted, poorly thought out, and risky.
  • Opines that it is truly friar laurence who is to blame, his haste and
  • Opines that it would have been better if romeo and juliet had not known friar laurence at all.
  • Analyzes how friar laurence's plan and his involvement are called into question. in his religion, it was a sin to marry someone who was already married.
  • Asks what if it be a poison, which the friar subtly hath ministered to have me dead, lest in marriage he should be dishonour'd
  • Analyzes how he set the wheel of catastrophe in motion, mixed in rashness and hastiness, and topped it off with a few bad decisions.

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