Friar Laurence's Part In Romeo And Juliet

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In the classic play Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence plays a major part. Romeo and Juliet trusted him entirely as he was the priest of their town. They turned to the Friar for help and advice at a few crucial points in the play. Little did these two lovers know that their decision to turn to Friar Laurence for help would eventually lead to their deaths. Friar Laurence was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he married Romeo and Juliet, he was afraid of committing a sin, and because of his faulty plan for saving Juliet from a marriage to Paris.
One of the main reasons that Friar Laurence was held accountable for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is because he married them. First of all, this marriage was done without the consent of the parents. Secondly, he could have tried to support their relationship instead of marrying them and not telling anyone. He speaks of how these two will become one in marriage; “For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone / Till holy church incorporate two in one” (Shakespeare 47).Friar Laurence thought that marrying these two lovers would end the ancient animosity between their families. Instead, this did not resolve the hate between the Montagues and Capulets, and also managed to cause the deaths of Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo’s friend, Mercutio. Tybalt challenged Romeo to a fight, but Mercutio stepped in and ended up getting killed by Tybalt. Romeo sought revenge by killing Tybalt. As a result of murdering Tybalt, Romeo got banished from Verona. None of these events would have taken place if the Friar would have thought through his decision to marry Romeo and Juliet.
Friar Laurence did not want to commit a sin, by marrying someone who was already married to someone else. Since this was...

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