In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet the characters Nurse and Friar Laurence are to blame for Romeo and Juliet's Problems. The way Friar Laurence encouraged Romeo and Juliet to get Married, The way the Nurse is contradictory in her views of Romeo and Paris, When Friar Laurence secretly married them, the way the Nurse is secretive about the affair and does not tell the Capulet's or the Montague's, when Laurence gave Juliet the sleeping potion, the way Laurence believed he was doing the right thing without thinking of the consequences, and the way Laurence leaves Juliet's Tomb when he hears the watch coming, all combine to result in the lovers death. In act II scene III, Romeo goes to see Friar Laurence to tell him that he no longer loves Rosa line, but has fell in love with Juliet. This amazes Friar Laurence, but he promises to marry them, "O, she knew well Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell.
But come, young waverer, come, go with me. In one respect I'll assistant be. For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your household's ran cour to pure love." (Friar Laurence, Act II Scene III, sentence 87-92) By doing this, Friar Laurence has gone behind Capulet and Montague's back, and started the momentum behind the lover's tragedy. In a few parts of the play, the Nurse speaks of Romeo and Paris with Juliet, each time she has a different view on who Juliet should be with, LADY CAPULET "Marry, that 'marry' is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me daughter Juliet, How stands your dispositions to be married?" JULIET "It is an honour that I dream not of" NURSE "An honour! Were not I thine only nurse, I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy Teat." LADY CAPULET "Well, think of marriage now.
Younger than you, Here in Verona, ladies of esteem Are made already mothers. By my count, I was your mother much upon these years That you are now a maid. Thus in brief: The Valiant Paris seeks you for his love. NURSE"A man, young lady! Lady, such a man As all the world - why, he's a man of wax.
LADY CAPULET " Verona's summer hath not such a flower." NURSE " Nay, he's a flower; in faith, a very flower." (Act I Scene III, sentence 65-79) In this excerpt, Lady Capulet brings up the subject of marriage into the conversation, but Juliet does not wish to be married. Lady Capulet then brings up Paris's name and the Nurse says he is a 'man of wax', which means a perfect man." Well, you have made a simple choice. You Know not how to choose a man. Romeo? No, not he. Though his face be better than any man's, yet his leg Excels all men's; and for a hand and a foot, and a Body, though they be not to be talked on, yet they Are past compare.
He is not the flower of courtesy, But, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb. Go thy Ways, wench. Serve God. What, have you dined At home? (Nurse, Act II Scene V, sentence 38-46) In this quote, The Nurse tells Juliet that she believes Juliet is in love with Romeo for his looks only, and also herself believes Romeo is handsome herself, though she does not disapprove of Juliet's feelings towards him." There's no trust, No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers. Ah, where's my man? Give me some aqua vitae. These griefs, these woes, these sorrows make me old.
Shame come to Romeo" (Nurse, Act III Scene II, sentence 89-94) In this example, Romeo has just slain Ty balt. The Nurse is giving her opinion on all men. In her last sentence "Shame come to Romeo", The Nurse is expressing her latest feeling she has for Romeo. Because the Nurse has these mixed feeling about Romeo and Paris throughout the play, She is inadvertently sending mixed messages to Juliet and confusing her, further impacting on the lover's problems.
In Act II Scene VI, Friar Laurence secretly marries Romeo and Juliet without knowledge of the consequences ROMEO " Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy Be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath This neighbour air, and let rich music's tongue Unfold the imagined happiness that both Receive in either by this dear encounter." JULIET " Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, Brags of this substance, not of ornament. They are but beggars that can count their worth But my true love has grown to such excess I can not sum up half my sum of wealth." FRIAR LAURENCE " Come, come with me, and we will make short work. For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone Till Holy Church incorporate two in one." (Act II Scene VI, sentence 24-37) In this excerpt, Romeo and Juliet exchange vows, and are married by Friar Laurence. Friar Laurence does this without considering the consequences that may occur due to the marriage. The Nurse also does not think about the consequences of her actions. Throughout the whole play, she never tells Lord or Lady Capulet about Juliet's feelings toward Romeo, or anything about their secret marriage.
In Act IV Scene I, Friar Laurence gives Juliet a potion that will make it look like she is dead. He does this so her family will believe she is dead and place her in the Capulet Tomb, Then she will wake up, and flee to Mantua with Romeo " Hold then. Go home, be merry, give consent To marry Paris. Wednesday is tomorrow, Tomorrow night look that thou lie alone.
Let not the Nurse lie with the in thy chamber. Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humour. For no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but surcease. No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest.
The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade To wanna ashes; thy eyes' windows fall Like death when he shuts up the day of life. Each part, deprived of supple government, Shall, stiff and stark and cold, appear like death. And in this borrowed likeness of shrunk death. Thou shalt continue two-and-forty hours, And then awake as from a pleasant sleep. Now, when the bridegroom comes To rouse the from thy bed, there art thou dead.
Then, as the manner of our country is, In thy best robes uncovered on the bier Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie. In the meantime, against thou shalt awake, Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift. And hither shall he come. And he and I Will watch thy waking, and that very night Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua. And this shall free thee from this present shame, If no inconsistent toy nor womanish fear Abate thy valour in acting it." (Friar, Act IV Scene II, sentence 90-121) Here Friar Laurence tells Juliet about the effects of the potion he is giving her, and again goes over the escape plan. He does all of this again without thinking of the reaction it could have in the future.
This act condemns the lovers' lives. After Juliet drinks the potion and if found dead the next day, Friar Laurence makes arrangements for Juliet to be places in the Capulet Tomb. Romeo goes to the tomb to see Juliet but is met by Paris at the entrance. Romeo does not recognize him and kills him.
When Romeo finds Juliet dead in the tomb he kills himself with the poison he bought from an apothecary in Mantua. Friar Laurence enters the Tomb just as Juliet Wakes up and sees Romeo dead on the floor. When Juliet wakes up he tells her Romeo is dead and that she must run away with him so he can hide her in a sisterhood of nuns because the watch is coming. Juliet sends The Friar away and after seeing Romeo dead for herself, she snatches his dagger from his belt and kills herself. FRIAR " Romeo! He stoops and looks on the blood and weapons Alack, Alack, what blood is this which stains The stony entrance of this sepulture? What mean these master less and gory swords To lie discolored by this place of peace? He enters the tomb Romeo! O pale! Who else? What, Paris too? And steeped in blood? Ah, what an unkind hour Is guilty lamentable chance! The lady stirs." Juliet rises JULIET"O comfortable Friar! Where is my lord? I do remember well where I should be, And there I am. Where is my Romeo?" FRIAR"I hear some noise.
Lady, come from that nest Of death, contagion, and unnatural sleep. A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents. Come, come away. Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead; And Paris too.
Come, Come, I'll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns. Stay not to question, for the watch is coming, Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay." JULIET " Go, get thee hence, for I will not away. Exit Friar What's here? A cup, closed in my true loves hand? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end. O churl! Drunk all, and left no friendly drop To help me after? I will kiss thy lips.
Haply some poison yet doth hang on them To make me die with a restorative. She kisses him Thy lips are warm!" WATCHMAN 'within'"Lead, boy. Which way? JULIET " Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! She snatches Romeos dagger This is thy sheath, there rust, and let me die She stabs herself and falls" (Act V Scene III, sentence 144-176) In this act, Rome and Juliet die. This is brought about by the Friars plan to help Romeo and Juliet escape to Mantua, which failed. Without the meddling from the Nurse and Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet might not have died.
Friar Laurence and the Nurse are responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death. Bibliography William Shakespeare - Romeo And Juliet - Complete Edition.