Most of the events that happen in Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet, lead up to the final conclusion of the couple dying. Many, if not all of the major characters play an ultimate role in the tragic deaths of the “star crossed lovers”. The character that causes the most dramatic effect upon Romeo and Gullet’s deaths if Friar Lawrence. He is the one character who played a role in every aspect of the tragedy, from the marriage, to his plan to rescue Romeo from banishment to the plan to save Juliet from marriage to Paris.
First, Friar Lawrence is the one who agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet thinking it would ND the feud between the two families. In act 2, scene 3, he says to Romeo Come young waver, come, go with me/ in one respect ill thy assist be, / for this alliance may so happy prove/ to turn households rancho to pure love (89-92). Also, Friar Lawrence scolds Romeo by saying “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! / Is Rosalie whom thou didst love so dear, / so soon forsaken?
Young men’s love then lies/ not truly in their hearts but in their eyes” (2. 3. 65-68). He knew Romeo was too immature for marriage, but he agreed to marry them anyway. Friar Lawrence married the two to end a feud, not out of love. Next, Friar Lawrence quickly thought of a plan to save Romeo from banishment and to reunite him with his beloved Juliet. In act 3, scene 3, Friar says, “… Pass to Mantra/ where thou shall live till we can find a time/ to blaze your marriage” (149-151).
Also, Friar says, “Beg pardon of the Prince and call thee back/ with twenty thousand times more joy’ (3-3. 152-153). He knows Romeo could get in major trouble if he appears again, but he hopes the marriage will make everyone except him again. Finally, Friar Lawrence creates a plan to save Juliet from marrying Paris and to reunite her with her banished Romeo. Friar says, “… Go home, be merry, give consent/ to marry Paris. Tomorrow night, look that thou lie alone” (4. 1 . 2;94). Friar also says, “… When the bridegroom in the morning comes/ to rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead” (4. 1. 1 10-11). Friar knew his plan might not work, but he did it anyway. That shows that Friar is willing to risk Romeo and Gullet’s happiness. On the other hand, some people say Friar Lawrence only tried to help Romeo ND Juliet get married and end the feud that hurt the Montages and Capsules for years. He didn’t intentionally try to harm anyone.
However, Friar Lawrence didn’t think through his plans. He just jumped into the situation and hoped it would turn out alright. Therefore, Friar Lawrence actions cause the couples deaths. Friar Lawrence is the one character who played a role in every aspect of the tragedy. First, he married Romeo to Juliet in the church without their parents’ consent or knowledge. Then he devised the ill-fated plan to send Romeo to Mantra with no “Plan B” in case the plan went wrong.