Whose fault is it

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Hanan Elaraby

English period 6

April 5,2004

Ms. Pryor

Whose Fault Is It?

Romeo and Juliet is a play, by William Shakespeare, is about two star-cross'd lovers that get married and take their lives at the end. Each person in one way or an other feels they are responsible for their deaths, but the most responsible person is Friar Laurence, because he is the one who kept their love and marriage a secret.

Friar Laurence was a Holy man, with good intentions. He did not mean for anything to go wrong, but he had options that could have prevented those certain things from happening. Like when he agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence is speaking to Romeo about whether he should marry Romeo and Juliet or not, "'O, she knew well,/ Thy love did read by rote and could not spell..." (II,iii,33). Here the friar comes up with a great idea, "...For

this alliance many so happy to prove,/To turn your households' rancor to pure love.' " (II, iii , 33). He has good intentions, but not the right ones. He had another option, he could have said, "Let me think about it." Or he could have told Montague, Romeo's dad, that Romeo wanted to marry Juliet and then the two families could have talked it through, but he chose to marry them behind their parents' backs. Also, the Holy Friar was unsure of practically all the things he was doing.

Friar Laurence is talking to Romeo before Juliet arrives, " 'So smile the heavens upon this holy act,/That after-hours with sorrow chide us not!'" (II, iv, 41). He is definitely praying this will turn out to be a good thing and not a bad idea. Well that is not a good idea because neither of...