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Who to Blame for the Death of Two Lovers — Romeo and Juliet

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The story of Romeo and Juliet is one with many flaws and events that took place, which results in many tragic deaths, which includes the lives of the two younger protagonists of the story. Many also blame Romeo for both his and Juliet’s death because he couldn’t stay without her. They agree that if Romeo hadn’t reacted to Juliet’s “death” so dramatically, the 2 should have survived and been together. Although this is a knowledgeable belief. 

However, I consider there’s another person who can be blamed for the fate of the young couple, that is Friar Lawrence. The guy who seems as if he tried “his best” to make the 2 a happily wedded couple. Friar was the only one who married both Romeo and Juliet in secret, gave Juliet a potion to fake her own death, did not deliver the right letter to Romeo, and deserted Juliet when she woke up to find both Romeo and Paris dead.

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First of all, when Romeo sees Juliet at her family’s masquerade party, he immediately falls in love with her, and not like his first love, Rosaline, Juliet feels the same. Soon, they may be both heads over heels for each other and are geared up to tie the knot. This is when Friar Lawrence made his first mistake. When Romeo comes to Friar for a recommendation as he has fallen in love with Juliet, the Friar advises Romeo to now not rush into things and think via his decision. He is shocked Romeo was over Rosaline so quickly, however, he later skims over this thought and decides the two have to marry. “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. 

Jesus and Maria, what a deal of brine Hath washed thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline! How much salt water thrown away in waste To season love that of it doth not taste! The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears, Thy old groans ring yet in my ancient ears. Lo, here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit Of an old tear that is not washed off yet. If e’er thou wast thyself and these woes thine, Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline. And art thou changed? Pronounce this sentence then: Women may fall when there’s no strength in men”. 

Here Friar Lawrence is saying that he is surprised about how Romeo changed his love interest so rapidly and how many tears they wasted for Rosaline, and how many salty teardrops did they shed for a love that they didn’t taste.

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