The blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet ultimately rests with Friar Lawrence. Do you agree?
In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence has a noteworthy part. Romeo and Juliet trusted Friar Laurence completely, turning to him for guidance, and thoughts on a situation. However, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet lay ultimately with Friar Lawrence by him making poor decisions, wedding Romeo and Juliet, and faking Juliet’s death.
While Friar Laurence makes some poor choices, it's questionable that he is the one to fault for Romeo's and Juliet's death. Prince Escalus makes some excellent points absolving Friar Laurence of any guilt and laying all blame on Lords Capulet and Montague. We see Prince Escalus exonerating the Friar in the line, "We still have known thee for a holy man". We additionally observe him laying all fault on Lords Capulet and Montague in the lines, "See what a source is laid upon your hate, / That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! That paradise discovers intends to execute your delights with adoration!". Escalus properly points the finger at Capulet and Montague instead of the Friar claiming had their disdain not existed, Friar Laurence never would have been put in a situation in which he needed to settle on poor choices. He never would have needed to wed them in mystery, and he never would have needed to counterfeit Juliet's demise, which are the two occasions that hinted at their death.
Friar Laurence decides to fake Juliet's death to help her unite with Romeo in. The issue with this thought is that it was beguiling, and demonstrations of trickiness will probably fall through, and cause harm as opposed to demonstrations of straightforwardness. Had Friar Laurence went about as Juliet's go between and clarified his superbly lawful inclusion in her marriage, Juliet may have still been ‘abandoned’ by her father, yet she would have additionally been joined with Romeo, which was the objective. One entry demonstrating that Friar Laurence's demonstration of misleading fell through are the lines he says to Juliet in the tomb, "A greater power than we can contradict / Hath thwarted our intents". The "great power" can be translated as God who was disappointed with Friar Lawrence decisions and, accordingly, kept them from being expert.
One poor decision Friar Laurence makes is to agree to marry the couple in secret. While at first, he is hopeful about the match, supposing it might help join the two warring families, it is later exceptionally obvious that Friar Laurence questions the rightness of the choice. We first see his doubts expressed in Act 2, Scene 6 while he and Romeo are waiting for Juliet's arrival, as we see in his very first lines, "So smile the heavens upon this holy act / That after-hours with sorrow chide us not!". He is stating that he trusts the sky, or God, will endorse...