Romeo and Juliet– Friar Laurence
The Friar is answerable for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, but just to some degree. Often, due to the fact that of his involvement in the lives of the fans, Friar Laurence can be seen as more accountable for their deaths than he actually is, although in the last scene the Friar is partly responsible for the death of Juliet. However his duty is mild compared to the accountability of other influences in the fans’ lives, including buddies, parents and the idea of fate or fortune.
Even Romeo and Juliet themselves can be blamed to some extent for the catastrophe. Although it frequently appears that the Friar is responsible for occasions leading to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, in reality it is normally other influences that are liable. For example, the Friar’s plan (offering Juliet the sleeping potion to evade the wedding to Paris, then spiriting her to Mantua up until Romeo could return to Verona) was not flawed in itself.
Unfortunately nevertheless, Balthazar, seeing Juliet’s funeral, accelerated to tell Romeo that he “saw her laid low in her kindred’s vault,” (5, 1, 20). It was this details that made him, and later on Juliet, dedicate suicide. Again, while weding Romeo and Juliet may look like a careless action, it did not add to the lovers’ deaths. Their very first conference, based on chance, and their separation, as a result of Romeo’s banishment, played a far higher function in the disaster. Nevertheless, the Friar adds to the death of Juliet by his behaviour at the burial place.
Not just does he offer her no comfort at seeing her love dead, he also provides her no expect the future but life “amongst a sisterhood of holy nuns” (5, 3,157) and after that abandons her in the burial place due to the fact that he does not want to be blamed for Romeo and Paris’ death by the Watch. This is both selfish and reckless, particularly as Juliet has actually already threatened to kill herself as soon as in the Friar’s existence. Although he later on offers his life to the Prince– “let my old life/ Be sacrific ‘d, some hour prior to his time,/ Unto the rigour of severest law. (5, 3, 267-269)– he does not tell the whole fact to the Prince about what happened at the burial place.
Even if he had, nevertheless, it would not have actually taken away his obligation for the death of Juliet. Friar Laurence is only partially responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet nevertheless– numerous other factors need to also be considered, particularly the role of fate and fortune. For example, if the Capulet’s servant had not asked Romeo to read the guest list for the banquet, Romeo would not have attended, and therefore would not have been seen by Tybalt, eventually resulting in his banishment.
Moreover, he would not even have fulfilled Juliet, and therefore would not have had the possibility to fall in love with her. Later on, there is another twist of fate when the news of Juliet’s ‘death’ reaches Romeo in Mantua but the news of the Friar’s plan does not. This leads Romeo to the burial place, where the timing of Romeo’s death, Juliet’s waking, the Friar’s arrival and the Watch’s appearance correspond in such a method that Romeo and Juliet both devote a lonely suicide. Nevertheless, fortune would not have had its dreadful effect if Romeo and Juliet were not impulsive people.
Romeo’s choice to eliminate Tybalt to avenge Mercutio is what initiates the series that causes their deaths; if he had refrained from doing this, he would not have been banished, Juliet’s marriage would not have been moved to an earlier date, and therefore nobody would have eliminated themselves to follow their love into the afterlife. Moreover, both Romeo and Juliet willingly dedicate suicide, and are therefore ultimately accountable for their deaths. Romeo and Juliet are not entirely responsible for their decisions to dedicate suicide, nevertheless, because in part they were driven to their choices by a lack of assistance from friends and family.
Juliet did not appear to have any pals; she depended on the opinions of the Nurse and her moms and dads, however all these people betray her when she can not marry Paris. Her father is appalled, informing her to ‘hang, young luggage, disobedient scum’ (3,5,160), and her mom nearly disowns her– ‘Do as thou wilt, for I have made with thee.’ (3,5,203).
The Nurse attempts to comfort her, but can only tell her to betray Romeo and wed the count, for ‘he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishclout to him. (3,5,219), and there she withdraws her previous thoughts on Romeo– “a sincere gentleman,/ And a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome,/ And I necessitate a virtuous” male (2, 4, 55-57). Romeo tends to rely on his own decisions more, his friends unintentionally betray him too– Mercutio is the one that goads Tybalt into a duel, eventuating in his banishment, and Balthazar’s choice not to consult the Friar prior to telling Romeo of Juliet’s ‘death’ eventually moves Romeo to eliminate himself.
We can for that reason infer that obligation for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet lies not only with the Friar but likewise with nearly every main character in the play. The idea of chance plays a greater function in the catastrophe than any single character, and the lover’s characters force them to make choices that likewise contribute significantly to the occasion of their deaths. This does not excuse the Friar’s actions, however it does put both his behaviour and the play into perspective.