Friar Laurence In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The legendary playwright, William Shakespeare, once wrote, “Everyone has their fate and the more people try to avoid it, the more trouble they get into.” The character, Friar Laurence, does exactly that in one of the greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet. At the beginning of the play, Romeo and Juliet see each other for the first time at the Capulet ball. They instantly fall in love with one another, but are saddened by the fact that their families have been in a never ending feud that forbids them from living happily ever after together. The two teens seek the help of a monk named Friar Laurence who agrees to marry the two even though he knows the two families are feuding. Soon Afterward, Romeo kills one of Juliet’s family relatives. As a consequence, Prince Escalus banishes Romeo to the nearby city of …show more content…
However, her parents do not know that she is married or that she plans to fake her own death with the help of the Friar. Juliet’s plan was that she would drink a death potion that would make her seem life less. Friar Laurence eases Juliet’s fearful mind by telling her that Romeo would be at the burial tomb when she awakes to take her to Mantua. Friar sent a letter with Friar John who would give the letter to Romeo. In the meantime, Juliet was buried and Friar John set out to give Romeo his note. Unfortunately, Romeo never got the letter because Friar John was forced to stay in a cell to be quarantined for the plague. Instead, Romeo goes to visit Juliet’s grave after learning she is dead from a bystander. Since Romeo believes Juliet is dead, he decides to kill himself in the tomb with Juliet. Similarly, Juliet awakes from her sleep and sees dead Romeo and also decides to kill herself with Romeo’s dagger. Friar Laurence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because, he married the two even though he knew their parent’s wouldn’t approve, he gave Juliet the death potion, and the fact that he quickly left Juliet’s grave when