Friar is at Fault
By: Hailey DeFor
Reason 1: Friar decides to marry Romeo and Juliet in secrecy
Textual Evidence: Friar states, ¨But come, young waverer, come, go with me, In one respect I’ll thy assistant be, For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancor to pure love¨ (2.3.89-92).
Reason 2: Friar Lawrence keeps the love between Romeo and Juliet in secrecy. He is extremely deceitful to their families.
Textual Evidence: Friar states, ¨(aside) I would I knew not why it should be slowed¨ (4.1.16). Friar also states, ¨But she’s best married that dies married young. Dry up your tears and stick your rosemary On this fair corse, and, as the custom is, And in her best array, bear her to church. For though some nature bids us all lament, Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment¨ (4.5.79-84).
Reason 3: Friar makes this awful plan to fake Juliet's death so that her and Romeo can be together forever.
Textual Evidence: Shakespeare writes, ¨Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distillèd 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. The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade To paly ashes, thy eyes' windows fall Like death when he shuts up the day of life¨ (4.1.96-104).
Opposing View: Many people believe that it was Romeo's fault because he was the one who asked Juliet to marry him, but it was actually Friar that made it final.
Textual Evidence: Shakespeare writes, ¨If that thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow By one that I’ll procure to come to thee Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite, And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay And follow thee my lord throughout the world¨(2.2.143-148).
Proof: This piece of evidence shows us when Romeo asks Juliet to marry him. Now many people say that Romeo is at fault for what happened in the play because he asked Juliet to marry him. Yes Romeo asked Juliet to marry him but Friar Lawrence was the one that made it official. They could not have gotten married unless they had a priest, Friar was the only way. He could have easily turned them down and said no but instead he accepted their request. He married the two of them. Now many people would say that Romeo begged Friar to do this but Friar made the final decision, he could not be forced. Romeo is just a dumb 16 or 17 year old, he doesn't understand what true love really is. Friar was like Romeo's father figure , he should have been the one telling him that marriage was not a good idea. Friar could have easily persuaded Romeo out of marriage but instead he chose to accept it. Therefore Romeo was not at fault for what happened in the play, it was all Friar Lawrence.