Friar is at Fault

By: Hailey DeFor

Friar Lawrence is at fault because he married Romeo and Juliet, he was deceitful to their families and he came up with the plan to fake Juliet's death.

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).

Proof: Throughout this story Friar Lawrence has had a very important role in the tragedies that have happened. This piece of evidence shows us that Friar has agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet. It all started when Romeo begs Friar to marry him and Juliet. Friar decides it is a good idea to marry Romeo and Juliet because he believes that if he marries the two, their families will stop feuding. Now this just escalates into another issue. Later on Juliet's parents force her to marry the county Paris. She refuses to marry him because she is married to Romeo. The good relationship that she had with her parents soon starts to fade. Because of her refusal of marriage, her mom becomes disappointed and her dad becomes abusive. She is messing up everything she had just because Friar decided to make a stupid mistake and marry Romeo and Juliet. Juliet's parents tell her that if she does not marry Paris, her dad will never speak to her again. This causes Juliet to run to Friar for more advice causing another problem in the story................the plan! Friar has made some awful decisions in this tragedy, including marrying Romeo and Juliet. This just proves why Friar is at fault.
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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).

Proof: Both of these pieces of textual evidence prove to us that Friar Lawrence is not the perfect man we all think he is, but is actually a dishonest, deceitful man. In the first piece of evidence Friar is talking to himself shortly after he has a conversation with Paris. He says that he wishes that he didn't know why Juliet wanted the wedding slowed down, but in reality he really does know. He knows exactly what is happening. He chooses to keep this huge lie from Paris, even though this could have been enough to save the two young kids lives if he would have been truthful. In the second piece of evidence, Friar is telling Juliet's parents to plan her funeral. Throughout the entire time that Friar is speaking with the Capulets he is lying to their faces. He does not tell them the truth about their own daughter. He makes sure that they are going to have a funeral for Juliet soon. These two pieces of evidence show us the secrecy of Friar. He keeps the love between Romeo and Juliet in secrecy. If he would have told the truth, this could have prevented the disaster at the end of the story. This was all because of one deceitful, dishonest person, Friar Lawrence.
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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).

Proof: The evidence above shows Friar Lawrence's plan to fake Juliet's death. Friar thought he was doing a great deal by coming up with a plan to fake Juliets death so she could be with Romeo. Instead it turns into a disaster. It all starts when Juliet runs to Friar because her parents are forcing her to marry Paris. Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris and goes to Friar for an alternative. Friar comes up with this ¨brilliant¨ plan to fake Juliets death. Instead this plan turns into a nightmare. Romeo does not end up recieving the message sent by Friar stating that Juliet was faking her death. He sees Juliet dead and kills himself. Juliet then wakes up from her comma and is devastated because Romeo is dead. Friar shows up at the tomb and tries to get Juliet to come back with him, but she refuses. He then decides to leave her there, causing her to commit suicide as well. This huge disaster was all caused by the awful plan that was made by Friar. Friar was trying to help these two young kids but instead killed them. He was responsible for many events that happened throughout this tradegy and this was the biggest one yet. He cut these two young kids lives short. This ended there life long dream together, all because of one decision made by Friar Lawrence. This just proves that it was all his fault.
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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.

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Romeo and Juliet