Who Is Friar Lawrence To Blame In Romeo And Juliet?

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Soulmates. Eternal lovers. Do you actually believe that about Romeo and Juliet? If the truth was spoken, I know that I definitely do not believe that. The play of Romeo and Juliet was a tornado of conflicts and complications, which make it troubling to believe that they (Romeo and Juliet) were meant to be. You can call it fate, but if you are being realistic then you can infer that someone must hold at least some of the responsibility. In my own conceit, Friar Lawrence is the main culprit of the entire dilemma, along with partial blame to Juliet’s nurse. Many reasons point the blame to Friar Lawrence; he was responsible for the secret marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Which, consequently, leads a man of God, Friar Lawrence, to guide a young …show more content…
Obviously, Friar Lawrence has not yet encountered that book. Juliet, however, was not aware of his lack of wisdom when she comes to him seeking guidance to prevent the marriage that is arranged between her and Paris. You would think that a man of God would take the honest route, rather than concoct a complicated and twisted plan. His marvelous plan is as follows, act 4 scene 1, lines 94-99, Friar Lawrence: “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off, when presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humor, for no pulse shall keep his native progress, but surcease. No warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest.” In other words, Friar Lawrence gives fair Juliet a vial that causes her to seem as if she were dead, so they can put her in the Capulet’s vault dressed in all her best attire. When the sleeping potion has worn off she will awake to Romeo. Romeo will receive word of the plan through a letter that Friar Lawrence will write and send to Mantua. Following that, Romeo and Juliet will depart to Mantua together and live happily ever after. An alternative plan would have been for Juliet to just leave straight to Mantua since Capulet would shun her if she refused to marry Paris anyways. Just a thought, though. As you may have predicted, these carefully planned events did not go as