Even after the death of Mercutio and the banishment of Romeo to Mantua, he discovers ways to secure their relationship. However, his plans weren’t well thought out, risky and narrow minded. In the scene including Juliet’s desperation for a way out of her arranged marriage to County Paris threatening suicide, in haste he devised a plan without giving her better advice. “Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it. / If, in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, / Do but call my resolution wise, / And with this knife I'll help it presently" (4.1.51-54). His plan including the delivering of a letter to Romeo, unfortunately, revealed by Friar John, it hadn’t arrived: " I could not send it, here it is again" (5.2.14-15). With Friar Lawrence’s poor way of describing the letter as urgent, Friar John was unable to deliver it quickly. If Lawrence was to stick to his true words with Romeo, Balthasar could have delivered the message successfully. "Sojourn in Mantua; I'll find out your man, / Every good hap to you that chances have" (3.3.168-170). The character Friar Lawrence along with his hasty and short sighted plans had effected the ones he tried to help with doom.
It was better off in the play if both Romeo and Juliet hadn’t known Friar Lawrence at all. His childish, cowardice actions and desperate attempts have resulted in the suicidal deaths of these two characters. At the end of the play, he does admit of the responsibility of such tragic deaths himself, "Miscarried by my fault, let my old life / Be sacrific'd, some hour before this time, / Unto the rigour of severest law" (5.3.266- 268). It is odd for a person with such wisdom couldn’t be applied to his own actions. "Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied"