Friar Lawrence

Essay by Rye347Junior High, 8th grade September 2006

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In "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, two young lovers kill themselves because of their families' hate. Friar Lawrence tries to help Romeo and Juliet, but what he suggests just leads to trouble. I think that Friar Lawrence is not responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Friar Lawrence is just trying to make Verona peaceful when he marries Romeo and Juliet. They marry each other secretly because they do not want their parents, who are in a feud with another, to know. Friar Lawrence in many ways tries to help Romeo and Juliet, but the situation always turns for the worse.

Friar Lawrence prevents Romeo and Juliet from suicide once, for instance when Romeo takes a knife in Friar Lawrence's cell but the Friar takes the knife away and tells Romeo of all the things that he should be thankful for. "There art thou happy.

Tybalt would kill thee, but thou slewest Tybalt: there art thou happy. The law that threatened death becomes thy friend and turns it to exile: there art thou happy. A pack of Blessings light upon thy back;"

When Juliet was thinking about suicide when she was going to have to marry County Paris, Friar Lawrence thinks of a solution to her problem. He gives her a sleeping potion that will make her sleep for 42 hours. When she wakes up, Romeo will be there and she will not be forced to marry County Paris. Friar Lawrence gives Friar John a note to deliver to Romeo to tell him that Juliet is not really dead. Friar John gets stopped on his way to Mantua and does not deliver his letter to Romeo. "Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not nice but full of charge, of dear...