THE WICKED FRIAR

Story of Romeo and Juliet

Friar is Guilty

Friar Laurence is to blame for the death of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. If Friar wasn't so immature, selfish, and childish the young lovers would still be alive. Friar should've been the adult he is and told the parents when he heard of Romeo and Juliet's marriage plan. However, Friar Laurence was callow and went behind the parents back anyway. When Romeo asked Friar to marry them, he was quick to agree with "In one respect thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove" (2.3.90-91). Friar hoped for the marriage to end the feud between the Capulets and Montagues, but instead his abhorrent plan lead to the death of the young couple. Friar Laurence was selfish by giving Juliet the potion rather than taking responsibility for his wrongful actions. Friar put Juliet and Romeo's life on the line with the whole plan. Juliet wasn't guaranteed an awakening and Romeo was warned "when he's found, that hour will be his last" (3.1.191). If Romeo would've been found in Verona at any time, he would've been killed immediately. Friar was a horrible person for creating such a treacherous plan; he knew the kids would be desperate enough to go along with it.

The Forbidden Love

A Love Struck Tragedy

The families feud forbids any smite.

Married by Friar Laurence in secret.

Romeo and Juliet love despite.

There was desperation, but no regret.

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Explanation

Capulet and Montague families have had a feud for many, many years. So long, no one really remembers why there's a feud at all. Juliet and Romeo were lovers with a doomed destiny. Juliet was desperate as "[her] only love, sprung from [her] only hate" and it was almost impossible to be together (1.5.154). However, with the help of Friar, Romeo and Juliet were married until difficulties arose. Romeo and Juliet were forced to make desperate choices that resulted in their death.

Death of Young Love

Friar Laurence who seemed so innocent,

was a lucky man who received to punishment.

He was an immature man

who had a bad plan.

Resulting in the death of young love


Friar Laurence gave the potion to Juliet

which was how the plan was originally set

Romeo got ear of Juliet's death,

turned into Macbeth and killed Paris

Resulting in the death of young love


Juliet was awoken

her heart was immediately broken.

Romeo was lying dead on the ground.

Juliet grabbed his dagger

and decided to stab her

Resulting in the death of young love


Friar Laurence ran away

scared of the consequences there was to pay.

This cowards choices

shifted the courses.

The families finally got along.

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Explanation

This poem shows that Friar Laurence is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Friar was cowardly and ran screaming "I dare no longer stay" while Juliet was groggy and desperate for Romeo (5.3.172). Afraid of taking responsibility for his own actions, Friar ran from reality when he could've saved Juliet's life. Friar also gave Juliet the potion when there were multiple risks, rather than owning up to his mistakes and stopping the whole plan.
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