Romeo and Juliet

Who is responsible?

I think Friar Lawrence's mistakes, cowardice and lack of communication is responsible.

Friar Laurence is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, because he made mistakes, did not communicate well and was a coward. If he had thought everything out better, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been prevented. He was a coward because when the guards were drawing near, he ran, allowing Juliet to kill herself instead of staying and comforting her, "I hear some noise. Lady, come from that nest Of death, contagion, and unnatural sleep.A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents. Come, come away.Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead, And Paris too. Come, I’ll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns. Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay" (Act 5 Scene 3 page 7)This means that he had no desire to stay with Juliet and Romeo, because the watch was coming, so he left her to die. The original plan was that, "Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, and hither shall he come: and he and I will watch thy waking, and that very night shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua" (Act 4 scene 1), but that never happened. Also, if he had communicated with Romeo and told him about the plan before any of it was set in motion, everything could have been prevented. Friar Lawrence didn't really mean for them to die, but they did and it was his mistake.

021 - The Bravery - An Honest Mistake (Lyrics)

The video above is "An Honest Mistake" by The Bravery

https://youtu.be/kKrMgMtaxUQ?t=60


The lyric portion that describes Friar Lawrence's mistake are:


And I just wanted to

Just wanted you to know

My old friend...

I swear I never meant for this

I never meant...

Don't look at me that way...

It was an honest mistake

Don't look at me that way...

It was an honest mistake

An honest mistake


The lyrics

And I just wanted to,

just wanted you to know

my old friend....

refers to him talking to the prince.


The next portion;

I swear I never meant for this

I never meant...

Don't look at me that way...

It was an honest mistake

Don't look at me that way...

It was an honest mistake

An honest mistake

refers to his mistakes, for example, leaving Juliet and not getting the message to Romeo.

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Character Analysis

The character I've chosen to analyze is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence likes Romeo and Juliet, and wants to help them, hence him marrying the two, his motivation is the strong love between the two. There's one small problem though, Friar Lawrence is a Coward, "Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay" ( Act 5 Scene 3 Page 7) he left Juliet because he was afraid of getting caught. This is a key characteristic because it explains why he left Juliet all alone to grieve. I think he's a coward because he doesn't want to feel the wrath of the Capulet's and Montague's. On the other hand, he is caring, "O, she knew well Thy love did read by rote and could not spell. 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' rancour to pure love."(Act 2 Scene 3) he's caring because even though he knew they were enemies, he still joined them. He was also unorganized and had a lack of communication, "Oh shoot! This letter was not a social one, but one of great importance, If Romeo doesn’t have it, this could get complicated. Friar John, go and get me an iron crowbar and bring it here- immediately." ( Act 5 Scene 1), the letter did not make it through, although the blame for that does not fall solely on Friar Lawrence's shoulders. Friar Lawrence was a coward, unorganized and made mistakes that led up to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
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