Romeo and Juliet is a theatrical romantic tragedy assumed to be written by William Shakespeare in 1596. It follows the lives of two star crossed lovers and their stories. Throughout the play, many things go wrong, consequently of the misguiding elder figures who led them down the wrong path.
It is reasonable to blame their tragedy of double-suicide on fate, but more realistically, mistakes were made because they are young, naive, and not being counselled properly. The tragic play in which adults and friends fail in their duties to influence the two lovers to make proper decisions, leads to their heartbreaking deaths. This is clearly demonstrated through the actions and influences of Friar Lawrence, Lord Capulet and the Nurse. Friar Lawrence is frequently mentioned within the timeline of the play. Although he is well informed on the events and developments in their relationship, he is the main contributor to Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy as a result of his poor decision making. He is first introduced to the play when Romeo visits his cell seeking consultation for the predicament he is in with Juliet. He says, “I’ll help you with your secret wedding,” (Shakespeare 2.
3.89-90) instead of recommending a dependable way to solve his issues, in terms of not encouraging a wedding with the sole purpose of eliminating their family feud. He should have analyzed the situation with their future in mind and realized that their marriage was destined to end in disaster and heartbreak. In addition, he concocted a preposterous plan to portray Juliet as if she had died using a magical potion designed to deceive her family, so that she can elope and leave Verona with Romeo. The plan then backfires as Romeo is unaware that the potion will wear off and truly believes that Juliet is dead. He kills himself for he could not bear the pain of the loss of the love of his life. In giving Juliet the plan to play dead for Romeo, Friar Lawrence is trying his best to ameliorate the mistakes he made that led to their prohibited and ill advised marriage.
Ultimately, Friar Lawrence is to blame for the way their deaths came about. He is an all around a sly character as minimal remorse was demonstrated during the end of the play, despite the severity of the disaster. The Friar tries to dismiss the catastrophe and lessen its significance as he says to himself “She will beshrew me… hath had no notice of these accidents” (Shakespeare 5.2.26-27) when he realizes what his actions have brought upon himself and others affiliated.