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Who Is Most Responsible for the Tragedy in 'romeo & Juliet?

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

In Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, two main characters from very different family's meet and fall in love at first sight; their names were Romeo and Juliet. After Romeo is banned from Verona by prince Escalus, Juliet tries to fake her death so she can be snuck out of Verona to be with Romeo. When Romeo finds Juliet asleep without knowledge of her plan he assumes she is dead and ends up killing himself by consuming a deadly potion. When Juliet wakes up to find Romeo dead, she stabs herself with Romeo's dagger.

Friar Laurence is most responsible for this tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's death because he said "In one respect I'll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your house holds rancor to pure love." (Shakespeare Act 2, Scene 3, Line 90-92). The Friar mentioned that the reason he would marry them is because it might put an end to the hostilities between the two families. With this decision he did not think about the best for Romeo or the bad things that could come from decision.

To avoid marrying Paris, a young nobleman related to the prince that the Capulets arranged for Juliet to marry, Friar Lawrence asks Juliet drink a potion so that she might fake her own death. "Take thou this vial, being then in bed and this distilled liquor drink though off;" (Shakespeare Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 92-93). The Friar made a very poor decision by going behind the Capulets back to let Juliet be with a boy she hardly knew. The right way would have been to ask Lord Capulet about Romeo and hope he understood.

When Juliet awakens to find Paris and her Romeo dead beside her with a cup of poison in his hand, she goes to the comforting Friar. Instead of thinking about her or Romeo the Friar gets frightened and runs out. "Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go, good juliet. I dare no longer stay." (Shakespeare Act 4, Scene 1, line 92-93). If The Friar would have stayed with Juliet he could have helped her get through this loss, and possibly make a different outcome of the situation. When he leaves her all alone, she stabs herself with Romeo's dagger.

If the Friar would have thought about Romeo and Juliet's marriage before he married them he could have told them to think about their relationship. The Friar could have also told the Capulets about their kids plans



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