In William Shakespeare’s daunting and most renowned tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”, both Romeo and Juliet are the children of two quarrelling families. They are suppose to be great enemies but have found great love in each other. By the end of the play both Romeo and Juliet are dead, and their families united by grief. But the question is, who was truly responsible for their deaths, and that person is Friar Laurence. He was the one who married them and the one to encourage their love.
The death of Romeo and Juliet is not either Friar Johns Fault nor the nurses, though at sometimes it might seem that way. Their death is not the Nurse's fault because nobody would believe her even if she told Lord and Lady Capulet what was going on, like when Lady Capulet tells ...view middle of the document...
Plus if Friar Laurence wanted it done he should have taken car of it himself. This is why it was not either Friar John or the Nurses fault.
Friar Laurence is definitely to blame for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo asked Friar Laurence to marry him and Juliet, he willfully answers that, “For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone till holy church incorporate two in one.” (1042) He did not have to marry them but he silently did. Which by chain of event causes Romeo and Juliet’s demise. Friar Laurence also willfully declares, “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn our rancor to pure love.” (1031) Friar Laurence wanted to bring the families together and end their feud. What he didn’t realize was the at would tragically end, as we know it did. Friar Laurence did not have to merry Romeo and Juliet but instead he supported them and did wed them.
Not only did he wed them but he also conspired with Juliet after Romeo had to leave and she found out her betrothal to Paris. He is the one who gives Juliet the potion to make her seem dead, “The copest with depth himself to scope from it; and, if thou darest, I’ll give remedy.” This was the scene where Juliet is desperate for his council about what she should do about having to marry Paris. The potion was only suppose to last so long, but by the time she had awakened, Romeo had already committed suicide. After Juliet awoke and found Romeo dead and Friar Laurence found them he said, “stay not to question, for the watch is coming. I dare no longer stay.” (1097) Friar Laurence knew how desperately in love with Romeo she was and knew that she would willingly follow him into the darkness of death. He left her there and she also committed suicide at the site of her dead love. This was one of the main reasons it was mostly Friar Laurence’s fault.