March 26

O Woeful Day!

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This evening, review the scenes we read in class today, (Act IV, scenes iv and v; and Act V, scenes i and ii).  Then, please paraphrase the lines below from Act IV, scene v.  Once you have finished rereading and paraphrasing, write a paragraph analyzing the friar’s responsibility for Romeo and Juliet’s ultimate deaths.  Make sure you include specific details from the text to support your analysis.

FRIAR LAURENCE:

Peace, ho, for shame! confusion’s cure lives not
In these confusions. Heaven and yourself
Had part in this fair maid; now heaven hath all,
And all the better is it for the maid:
Your part in her you could not keep from death,
But heaven keeps his part in eternal life.
The most you sought was her promotion;
For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced:
And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced
Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
O, in this love, you love your child so ill,
That you run mad, seeing that she is well:
She’s not well married that lives married long;
But she’s best married that dies married young.
Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary
On this fair corse; and, as the custom is,
In all her best array bear her to church:
For though fond nature bids us an lament,
Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.

R&J blog #17


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Posted March 26, 2019 by equinson in category Romeo and Juliet

21 thoughts on “O Woeful Day!

  1. Laila

    Be peaceful, for shame!
    The cure for confusion
    does not come from this behavior,
    you and heaven had this maid
    but now, she belongs to heaven
    Juliet is in a better place.
    There is nothing that could’ve been done
    to prevent her death
    She will have eternal life in heaven
    You only wanted her to promote her social class
    In your heaven, she’d advance in wealth
    And now you cry, that she has advanced
    into the clouds, into heaven.
    Oh, you love your child so much,
    that it drives you crazy, seeing she’s in peace
    She didn’t have a bad, long marriage
    but, a short, loving marriage
    Stop crying and pull yourself together
    Now, by custom,
    bring her to the church in her finest clothes
    Although we do mourn for her,
    we should be happy.

    Technically, the friar was the one who gave Juliet the “potion” to drink, leading her to fake death, Romeo’s death, and then Juliet’s actual death. The friar is not to blame, but definitely took part in the making of these tragedies. In this paragraph, the Friar is almost comforting the Capulet’s. He is trying to convince them that she is in a better place. He does make some excellent points about how all they ever wanted for Juliet was for her to marry rich but, it’s better to have a short, loving marriage than to marry someone you don’t care about. He may be trying to open their eyes about how they treated Juliet. The friar knows that Juliet is still alive, so he is preventing everyone from wasting their tears, but at the same time, tells them something very important.

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  2. caseyz

    Be quiet, please! To stop worrying
    You don’t have to panic. She was your daughter,
    But she’s in heaven now.
    She’s in a better place now,
    She was going to die someday and you couldn’t change that.
    She’ll live forever in heaven.
    You only wanted her wealth
    Money was your idea of heaven.
    And now you cry that she is dead,
    But she is in heaven
    Oh, you love her so much
    That all you want is her to be well.
    She isn’t happy about this marriage,
    She could be happy even if she died married at a young age.
    Stop crying and
    Say goodbye to her
    And prepare her for the funeral
    It’s very sad to she her go,
    But we should appreciate the life she lived.

    In this scene, the frier is telling Capulet to stop crying and over the “death” of Juliet and just prepare her for her funeral. The frier is the only one who knows that Juliet isn’t really dead, and that this is all part of a plan to avoid the wedding and to reunite her with Romeo. The frier is really hoping that the plan works because he was the one who married Romeo and Juliet. He knows that he will probably be killed if anyone found out that he married the daughter of Capulet to the son of Montague. The only way that the frier can get out of this situation is if Juliet fakes her own death so she doesn’t have to marry Paris.

    (I’ve tried to post this three times so I’m sorry if there’s three of my blog.)

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  3. johnh1

    For shame, you won’t stop being confused
    by adding to your confusion. Heaven and you
    both had a part of her and now heaven has all of her
    and it is a good thing for her
    your part of her had to die eventually
    but her soul will live forever
    all you wanted was for her to move up
    it was your heaven that she would
    and you weep now seeing she has moved up
    above the clouds, as high as heaven itself
    you love your child so little
    that you are driven mad seeing that she is doing well
    it is not a good marriage that lasts too long
    better that she dies young and not in an old marriage
    stop crying and put your rosemary
    on her body as the tradition is
    and bring her to church in her best dress
    this is a sad day and we mourn
    be happy about how she is now

    The friar played a part in Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. He was the one who created the plan for them to meet back up again and didn’t properly think it out he said: “Hold, then; go home, be merry,
    give consent
    To marry Paris: Wednesday is to-morrow:
    To-morrow night look that thou lie alone;
    Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber:
    Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
    And this distilled 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”

    Basically saying that he would trick her parents into believing Juliet was dead and then Romeo would come and pick her up when he got a letter saying that she wasn’t dead. However the friar that was supposed to give him the letter couldn’t and instead. Balthasar reported to Romeo that Juliet was dead The friar tried to help but accidentally sealed their fate with bad planning. He didn’t clue anybody in and relied on someone who was incapable.

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  4. maxwellw

    Be quiet, for shame!
    The cure for confusion is not yelling and screaming. You had this child with the help of heaven. Now heaven has her.
    She is in a better place.
    You could not prevent her from dying someday, but heaven will give her eternal life.
    The most you hope for was for her to marry wealthy and rise up the social ladder—that was your idea of heaven.
    And now you cry, even though she has risen up above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
    Oh, in this love, you love your child so badly, that you go mad, even though she is in heaven.
    It is best to marry well and die young, better than to be married for a long time.
    Dry up your tears, and put your rosemary on this beautiful corpse. And, in accordance with custom, carry her to the church in her best clothes.
    It’s natural for us to shed tears for her, but the truth is, we should be happy for her.

    There are many reasons the Friar could ultimately be held responsible for Romeo and Juliets night. One that we learned of was how the Friar had sent another Friar to tell Romeo the plan. There are many things that can go wrong with this way. The Friar should have been wise and sent the letter, had confirmation from Romeo, and then poisoned Juliet. Or, he could have delivered the letter in a more secure way, perhaps personally. The Friar was not wise in trusting only one man to deliver such vital information.

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  5. Kate Ma.

    Peace, ho, for shame! The cure
    is not yelling and screaming in these confusions.
    You and heaven had this child now heaven has her.
    And she is in a better place
    You had your part in her life you could not do anything about her dying
    But heaven will always be eternal life
    You wanted her to rise in class;
    That’s your idea of heaven:
    And now you cry seeing that she has died
    Is she above the clouds in heaven?
    O, in this love, you love your child so much,
    That you went crazy, seeing that she is well:
    She’s not married but she doesn’t live long;
    But she’s married well and died young
    Stop crying and pray your rosemary.
    On this day; and, as the custom is,
    In her best, bring her to the church
    It’s okay to shed some tears for her
    Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.

    The Friar plays a big role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. First off, the Friar was the one who came up with a plan to fake Juliet’s, ultimately leading to her real death. Also, the Friar had a major flaw in his plan with Romeo not receiving his letter, leading to huge conflict. For instance, the Friar says, “And all the better is it for the maid: Your part in her you could not keep from death, But heaven keeps his part in eternal life. The most you sought was her promotion” In these lines I could see a little bit of guilt in the Friar. He says that the Capulet’s could not have prevented her death, showing how he’s trying to comfort them. He’s probably guilty for all the pain he’s causing their family which could’ve easily been prevented if he gave Juliet better advice than to fake her death. The Friar is definitely guilty of leading the two lovers to their deaths, but definitely not completely guilty, as Romeo and Juliet set themselves up to die.

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  6. Sophie

    Calm down! Stop worrying
    Both you and heaven has had this maid
    But she is happier in heaven
    You can’t keep her forever
    But heaven is going to
    You hoped for her to advance in life
    But she ended up advancing to heaven
    And now you cry, seeing her advance
    High above the clouds, almost to heaven itself!
    You love your daughter so much,
    Now that she is dead, you are distraught
    She would’ve had a long unhappy marriage,
    Instead she had a short lovely marriage!
    Dry your tears now, calm down
    Later today, we will bring her to church
    Even though we are terribly sad,
    Be happy for where she is now

    In friars speech, he is very empathetic to the Capulet’s and tries to tell them that Juliet is in a better place. This must have been very awkward for him to do, because he is the only person that knows she isn’t ACTUALLY dead. This also must have been uncomfortable for him because he is trying to comfort the family members of a girl that he just secretly “killed”. Obviously Friars plan only concluded to chaos and murder, so is the tragic ending all his fault? I don’t really know. On one hand, he was the one to start the spiral of downhill tragic events. Friar himself came up with this crazy impulsive decision and persuaded Juliet to drink the potion. She said yes because all she wanted was to be with Romeo, and in theory she would get to see him. On the other hand, Friar can come across as innocent because he was in a tough situation. If Juliet had been forced to marry Paris, it would’ve caused a whole mess of other problems. Juliet could’ve rebelled, ran away, or even killed herself or others. There was going to be trouble if Juliet married, and this was Friars way of helping everybody. Overall, Friar definitely holds a portion of responsibility over both Juliet’s (real) death and Romeo’s death.

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  7. Mylesn

    Calm down, for shame. The answer
    In this time is not crying
    Heaven had a part of her and now it has all
    She is in a better place
    The part of you in her could not stop this
    But Heaven keeps her part alive
    You wanted her to marry into a higher class
    It was your dream she would accomplish this
    But you cry, even though she has done just that
    is she not in the highest place there is?
    The love you have for her is great
    That you go crazy that she is in a better place
    She may not have been married for long
    But she was married young and happily
    Dry your tears, and put your rosemary
    On her corpse; and, as the custom is,
    In all her best clothes give her to church:
    This loss brings us great sadness and tears
    Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.

    The Friar bears some responsibility for the tragedy to come. He is responsible for not making sure Romeo gets the notice. He could have prevented this by sending a messenger to Romeo before Juliet “dies.” Further more he should have planned for the fact that someone who is a good friend of Romeo would tell him that his own wife just died. The Friar is the only one who isn’t saddened or upset over this death. This is mainly because he knows that Juliet in fact is still alive. He is trying to tell the family to look on the bright side and more importantly for Capulet to see the error in his ways. Capulet was going to force Juliet to marry and more up in social class. But the Friar throws this in his face by saying “For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced:
    And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced
    Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?”
    Though having a major role in all this sadness and death, the Friar is not solely responsible. The rash actions of Romeo and Juliet caused their untimely deaths.

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  8. jane

    Calm down, but what a shame! There is nothing to make you less confused.
    You had her but now she is in Heaven, which is better for her:
    There was nothing you could do to stop her from dying, but she will have eternal life in Heaven.
    The most you asked for was her marriage, but she advanced into Heaven;
    You cry seeing that she has died and went above the clouds themselves?
    You love your child so much, and go crazy so she is well:
    She hasn’t been married for long but she was young and happy.
    Stop crying and put your rosemary on her body; and dress her up for Church:
    This is a sorrowful event, yet you should be happy that she is in a better place.

    The Friar intercepting Romeo and Juliet’s relationship reminds me of the scene of Mercutio’s death. Tybalt and Mercutio were playfully fighting and teasing, but Romeo stepped in and tried to bring peace that he knew deep down would be impossible to achieve from just telling them not to fight. This ticked Tybalt and Mercutio off, led them to fight, and then Mercution was accidentally stabbed. The Friar decided to marry Romeo and Juliet, and help hide it from their families, with hopes of ending the fighting between the Capulets and Montagues. Yet he realizes that the fighting won’t be solved by marrying Romeo and Juliet, and that it may in fact just make the hatred worse. Instead of telling Romeo and Juliet to come clean with their families, he marries them, and then gives Juliet a vial and tells her to lie to her family and then run away. He is an adult and should be the responsible, mature figure in the conflict. But instead, he decides to play into Romeo and Juliet’s relationship and comes up with a wild plan. He should’ve realized this plan wouldn’t work out, but now it is too late. He has Juliet “dead” and Romeo her husband, and made the relationship even more tricky than it was in the beginning.

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  9. Sunna

    Peace, what a shame! There is no solution to confusion
    In these words. You and heaven
    Played a part in Juliet’s death; now heaven has all,
    And everything is better for her there:
    You could not keep her from dying,
    But heaven takes part in living forever.
    You wanted her promotion;
    Because it was your life that she should be in:
    And cry now, seeing as she is gone
    Above the sky, higher than even heaven?
    Oh, in this love, you love your child so dearly,
    That you go insane, seeing that she is happy:
    She that is not happily married lives married for a long time;
    But she that is happily married that dies married when she was young.
    Dry your tears, and plant your flowers
    On this corpse; and, as the tradition is,
    We will take her to church:
    For nature gives us passion
    Yet nature’s tears are joyful.

    In this speech, the friar is telling everyone to get ready for Juliet’s funeral, and to stop crying. I think that, as the adult, he should have known better than to go forth with this reckless plan. It is risky and ridiculous, and he is very irresponsible. I know that he is only trying to help but he shouldn’t be so stupid in this situation and should have thought things through.

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  10. josepha4

    Calm yourself for shame.
    Your confused and adding to your own confusion.
    Juliet belongs to you and heaven now.
    You can not keep her from dying
    But she will live eternally in heaven.
    All you wanted from her was her to rise in social status.
    But now you cry that she is advancing towards heaven in the sky.
    You lover her so much all you wanted was the best for her.
    She was happy as a young married woman.
    Dry your tears and say goodbye.

    Friar Lawrence certainly plays a role in the death of Romeo and Juliet. You can go as far to say as marrying them was the beginning of their bane. Because they were bound to each other when they go married Juliet couldn’t marry the county therefore putting her in the position to “kill” herself. Another perspective is that by simply giving her the vial he sets them up for death. Looking at it plainly he gave an irrational impulsive teenager the power to almost kill herself and cause extensive amounts of emotional damage to her entire family. “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 humor”

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  11. stephaniec

    Settle Down, for shame! I know you are confused
    but these conclusions are not the cure. Both heaven and yourself
    were a part of her; but Heaven has her,
    and she is in a better place;
    You could not stop her from dying,
    But heaven gives her eternal life.
    The most you wanted for her was marriage and to socially move up;
    For that was your idea of heaven:
    And now you cry, watching her advance
    Higher than he clouds, all the way to heaven?
    O, in this love, you love her so much,
    That you run like crazy, meanwhile she is well:
    She is not well married nor living a long life:
    But she was better off married and dying young.
    Dry those tears, and pray with your rosemary
    At this occasion, and, as the custom is,
    Bring her to church in her finest clothing;
    For it seems like a sad situation,
    Yet we should be happy for where she is going.

    Although he did not do the deed of killing Romeo and Juliet himself, Friar Lawrence is held responsible for their deaths. First off, he agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, for his own personal gain of attempting to end the feud. In addition, he gave Juliet a potion that would put her to sleep and stop her from attending her wedding with Paris. Friar Lawrence also had something to gain from this. He already married Romeo and Juliet, and if she were to get married to Paris, he could have been punished. Then, to make it worse, he failed to give the letter to Romeo, explaining the plan. This caused Romeo to believe in Juliet’s “death”. This is when everything started to go bad. Now, Friar Lawrence must cover his tracks. He tells the Capulets to stay positive and that Juliet’s “death” is not worth crying about because she will be in heaven, when he knows this is not true.

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  12. Mikayla Friedman

    Quiet down! You cannot stop the confusion in these outbursts and commotions. Heaven (God?) and you
    Created Juliet. Now heaven has her,
    Which is all the better for her.
    You could not keep her safe from death,
    But heaven will watch over her and give her eternal life.
    The most you wanted was for her to marry,
    It was your dream for her to advance by marrying someone wealthy;
    And now you weep because you see that she has gone
    Above the clouds, to heaven?
    You love your child so wrongly
    That you are mad, even though she is in heaven and she is well.
    It’s not a good marriage if she who is married lives long,
    She who is best married dies young.
    Stop crying and put your rosemary
    On her beautiful corpse, as is the custom,
    And dress her in her finest clothes, and bring her to church,
    Although it is our human nature to be sad,
    We should be rejoiceful for her.

    After reading my classmate’s interpretation of the Friar’s role in Romeo and Juliet’s deaths, I developed some other ideas. Clearly, the Friar gave Juliet the potion to drink, therefore he can be blamed for the failure of this plan, which ultimately caused both Romeo and Juliet to kill themselves. However, Juliet asked the Friar for help!!! She didn’t want to marry Paris, and she told the Friar she planned on killing herself.
    “Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.
    If in thy wisdom thou canst give me no help,
    Do thou but call my resolution wise,
    And with this knife I’ll help her presently.” (IV, i, lines 52-55)
    Juliet told the Friar that even though it isn’t smart, she would kill herself. After she gives a short monologue, Friar Lawrence comes up with his idea, saying:
    “Hold daughter, I spy a kind of hope,
    Which craves as desperate an execution
    As that is desperate which we would prevent.” (IV, i, lines 69-71)
    Here, I think the Friar is telling Juliet that his plan is as crazy as killing herself, but it might have a better outcome. Therefore, the Friar warns Juliet, but she jumps right in and takes the potion. I do not think he is completely at fault for the death of Romeo and Juliet, even though he gave Juliet the potion which prompted Romeo to take his life, and then Juliet to do the same. Juliet practically asked for it, and the Friar’s plan is better than Juliet killing herself before her wedding.

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  13. Emily

    Be peaceful, shame on you!
    The cure for confusion is not confusion.
    You and heaven had Juliet and not heaven has everything.
    You could not keep her from death,
    but now she is in a better place.
    You wanted her to have a better life,
    and heaven provided this.
    And you cry, knowing she is better off
    in the clouds, as high as heaven?
    O in your love for your child,
    You go crazy, seeing she is well.
    She would not be happy married long,
    she’s better being married for a short time and dying young/
    Dry your tears,and put your rosemary
    on her beautiful body. As the ritual is,
    put her in her best clothing and bring her to the church,
    Even though it is natural to cry,
    we should really be happy.

    Friar lawrence has been a crucial character throughout the whole play. At first, he was a confidant to Romeo, and he aided in the marriage of the pair. For his own personal reason to bridge the gap between the two families, he decided to marry the young couple which would be the fuel for their demise. After their marriage, Romeo was banished, and thus Juliet had to fake her death to be with him and escape another marriage. The Friar encouraged her impulsiveness and he supplied her with the poison to almost kill herself. Lastly, he could also not notify Romeo that Juliet’s death was fake and as a result, Romeo thinks she is dead and he plans to kill himself.

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  14. angelicac1

    Calm yourself!
    Your behavior won’t cure your confusion.
    Both heaven and yourself played a role in giving you your daughter.
    And now that heaven has her,she is better off.
    The part of herself that she got from you couldn’t stop her from dying,
    But the part she got from heaven shall grant her eternal life.
    The greatest hope you had for her was for her to marry well.
    Your idea of heaven was for her to move up a social class
    And now you cry although she has risen above all clouds to heaven itself?
    By grieving her death you love your daughter so poorly although she is well in heaven.
    It is better for her to die at a young age while her marriage is still new than to be married for a long time.
    Dry up your tears, and put your rosemary on her beautiful corpse.
    And, like the traditions, place her into her finest clothes and carry her to the church.
    Shedding tears is human nature, but reason tells us that we should all be joyful

    Friar Lawrence shares some responsibility in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. To start everything off, the Friar was the one who formed the plan to fake Juliet’s death by giving her a mixture that would make her sleep through her wedding day so she wouldn’t have to be wedded to Paris. After forming this plan, the Friar wrote letters to Romeo that could’ve informed him about the plan, but he never received the letters which only led to more problems. In his speech to the Capulet’s, there is sympathy visible in his words and he tries to add positivity into them. He says, “For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced: And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced.” His words mean that is was originally their idea to advance Juliet so they shouldn’t cry now that she has technically advanced to heaven. Friar Lawrence also says, “She’s not well married that lives married long; But she’s best married that dies married young.” His words mean that it wouldn’t be good if Juliet were to live a long life with a long marriage and that it was better that she died young with a new and fresh marriage. Although the Friar tried to put a light spin on his words, he knows it isn’t enough to take away the pain of the Capulet’s.

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  15. Maddie

    Settle down, what a shame! I know you’re confused
    There is lots of confusion. Heaven and you
    Had Juliet; now only heaven has her,
    This was the best thing for you:
    You could not keep her from her death,
    But heaven now has control of her.
    All you wanted was for her to be happy;
    And in a way you got what you wanted:
    And now you cry, seeing that she is dead
    She is all the way in heaven itself?
    O, in this love, your love for Juliet is so sick,
    That you go crazy, seeing that she is well:
    She’s would not like to be married for very long;
    But she would rather be married and die young.
    Wipe your tears, and put your rosemary
    On her dead body; and, as the tradition is,
    In all her best clothing bring her to church:
    Though your caring personality makes you cry,
    There is still a reason to be happy.

    Throughout the Friars involvement in the play, we really see that his intentions are all good. His plan is to help marry Romeo and Juliet, so they can be happy and their families can end the feud they are in. He knows that what he is doing is somewhat sneaky and he should not be doing some of the things he did, but he truly wants the best for the two kids. He is the one who married them, he gave Juliet the sleeping potion, and he intended to send a letter that never reached Romeo. His plans all failed, so some could say that he is to blame for their deaths. However, he was trying to give them a happy life together, and he was so invested in them that he didn’t calculate the possibility for things to go wrong. Though he was trying to help, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet were partially his fault.

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    1. Emma Garbowitz

      I agree that the Friar did mean well to help Juliet, even if his plan didn’t work exactly how he planned on it working. Therefore, the Friar intended on a good outcome and would be praised for it, but will take most of the blame if anything goes wrong.

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  16. Emma Garbowitz

    For goodness sake, peace! Confusion cannot be the solution
    to all these outbursts. Both you and heaven
    created Juliet; and now heaven has her
    which was better for Juliet anyway;
    you caused a part of her death,
    But god still keeps part of you going on forever with Juliet in heaven.
    The most you wanted from her was benefits for yourself;
    It was your dream to for her to get married:
    And now you cry seeing she advanced (to a different place)
    High over the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
    Oh, in this love, your child is so love-sick
    That you go crazy seeing her content:
    It’s not a good marriage if you live a long time;
    But, the best marriages are the ones that die married young.
    Stop crying, and put your rosemary
    On this pretty dead body, as it is the custom,
    Make her look as best as possible and bring her to church:
    For we must go through the process of sadness considering it is a part of human nature,
    But, tears are also the reason for happiness.
    For though fond nature bids us an lament,
    Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.

    First of all, the Friar should have part of the blame if his plan fails. He was the one who gave Juliet the idea to fake her death and drink the poison. If he never put the idea in her head, Juliet never would’ve gone with the plan and she at least would’ve lived. Although the Friar did seem cautious about doing this and never truly advocated that Juliet should drink the potion, he was the mastermind behind this (not so brilliant) plan and should definitely be blamed (at least partially). The text states,
    “Hold daughter, I spy a kind of hope,
    Which craves as desperate an execution
    As that is desperate which we would prevent.”
    This shows that Friar Lawrence wanted to find a way to solve Juliet’s problem. Although he comes up with a solution, it may not be the smartest option. But, at the same time, I think Friar Lawrence would do anything to help Juliet and wants the best for her. He wants her to be happy and feel as though she can live her life as she chooses.
    Furthermore, after the Nurse basically goes along with Juliet’s parents about marrying Paris, Juliet has nobody left accept the Friar. Therefore, she has to go to him for advice and comfort. The Friar makes an attempt to save Juliet from her misery, not her own death.

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  17. trinityt

    Be quiet, for shame! The cure for confusion is not
    in these outbursts. Heaven and you
    Each had a share of this maiden. Now heaven has all,
    And it is better for the maid.
    You could not keep your part of her from death,
    But heaven give his part of her eternal life.
    The most you want for her is to marry the rich and rise up the social ladder,
    For that was your supreme happiness that her rank should go up;
    And now you cry, seeing that she is lifted up
    Up on the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
    Oh, in this love you love your child so badly
    That you go mad seeing that she is happy in heaven.
    She isn’t married well nor lived long,
    But she is well married and died young.
    Dry your tears, and place your rosemary
    On this beautiful corpse, and, as the custom is,
    Dress her up with her best clothes, and carry her to the church,
    Although it is our human nature to be sad for her,
    We should be happy for her.

    Even though the friar was not the only one to blame for Juliet’s and Romeo’s ultimate deaths, he, however, has most of the blames on him. He was the one who came up with the plan that Juliet should fake her death so that she doesn’t have to marry Paris.

    Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
    And this distilling liquor drink thou off;

    Shall, stiff and stark and cold, appear like death,

    Thou shalt continue two and forty hours
    And then awake as from a pleasant sleep.

    He was the one who gave her the vial. Even though Juliet made up her own mind whether to drink the potion in the vial or not, which she did chose to drink it, the friar was the one who gave her the idea and somewhat encourages her to do it, by saying that Romeo will be there to take her away when she woke up. At least, that was the intended plan.

    Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,

    Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua.

    The friar didn’t really think this through because he didn’t think about what could go wrong. For example, he said that he will send a letter to Romeo in Mantua, telling him that Juliet is not dead and that he needs to come and take her away. However, he only relies on only one person to deliver such an important news to Romeo, which resulting in the letter not delivered to Romeo. As a result to that, Romeo thought that Juliet is actually dead, so this leads to him buying himself a poison so that he could die with her. In the end, Romeo killed himself with poison (because he thought Juliet was actually dead), Juliet waking up, and Juliet killing herself to be with Romeo. The friar should’ve thought about this plan more carefully and shouldn’t rely on only one person to delivered the most important news/letter to Romeo in this plan.

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  18. Hannah M.

    For shame, be peaceful!
    No cure for this confusion
    does not come from this behavior,
    you and heaven had this maid
    but now heaven had all of this maid
    Juliet is in a better place.n
    Nothing could have been done to stop this,
    to prevent her death
    In heaven eternal life will be brought to her
    The only thing you thought of her was to promote her social class
    In your heaven, she’d advance in wealth
    And now that she has advanced you cry
    into the clouds, into heaven.
    Oh, in this love, you love your child a lot
    that it drives you insane, seeing she’s in peace
    The maraige was long but not bad
    but, a short, loving marriage
    wipe those tears and calm down
    Now, by custom,
    in her finest clothes, bring her to the church
    Although we do mourn for her,
    we should be happy.

    Although the Friar Lawrences intentions were not to kill Romeo and Juliet, it seems as if he could be blamed. He WAS the one who united them both in marraige whoch we all know brought lots of complications. Apart from that he gave Juliet a potion that would basically make her “dead” for 42 hours to avoid marrying County Paris. He failed to gove Rome the letter that explained the whole plan so Romeo woudn’t be distraught when seeing Juliet “dead”. Paris.

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  19. Brishti

    Calm yourself! confusion will not be solved
    By acting like this. Both you and heaven
    Were responsible in the death of Juliet; Now she is in heaven,
    And she is in a better place:
    Death comes eventually, and you can do nothing to prevent it,
    But now she is in heaven forever.
    You only wanted her to marry rich;
    It was your dream to climb up in social status:
    And now you cry, when you see that she has flown
    Higher than the clouds, to heaven itself?
    By loving your child like this, you love irrationally,
    You go mad, even though she is okay:
    She wouldn’t be happy married long;
    But she would rather die than marry at all.
    Stop crying, and lay your flower
    On this beautiful corpse; and, like the tradition,
    In her best clothing bring her to the church:
    Even though it is instinct to cry,
    It is all the more reason to be joyful.

    When analyzing Romeo and Juliet, many people think that the ultimate deaths of the two main characters were caused because they are young and make impulsive desicions without thinking it through. While this is true, it is important not to forget that the blame can also be set on Friar Lawrence for the whole ordeal. The Friar’s involvement can be explained through several reasons. The first reason is that he doesn’t follow his own advice of taking things “wisely and slow” (2.3.101). The Friar should not have married Romeo and Juliet together in the first place. He should have thought it through more, rather than jumping straight to the conclusion that it would resolve the families’ quarrel. He should have thought of the countless other possibilities that could happen. However, in a way, he did get his way. Because he married Romeo and Juliet, it led to their suicides. Because of their suicide, the families’ resolved their feauds. But, this does not excuse the fact that several people needlessly died. Even if it meant that Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t be binded by marriage, it’s better than having them commit suicide so early on in their lives. Romeo, like we saw before with Rosaline, moves on from one girl to another really quickly, and Juliet was easily persuaded into kissing Romeo, not to mention falling in “love” with him. You cannot be truly in love with someone you just met, and the Friar could have stopped all of the consequences of this if he had a conscience which told him not to marry Romeo and Juliet. He is also to blame for the fact that he gave Juliet the vial without thinking how this would affect her later on. Instead of thinking of another way to help this hormone-driven teen’s worries, he is ultimately begged into submission by Juliet to help. There were plenty of other ways that he could have handled the situation, but instead, he chose to give a questionable drug to a fourteen year old hormone-driven girl without thinking it through. While it can be argued that Juliet should not have taken the vial, it is important to consider that the older one is always the one responsible. Juliet was desperate, so much that she would even blindly take an elixer from someone she just met two days ago. The final area of blame is the fact that he was unable of getting the letter to Romeo. The Friar, being the older and the “wiser” one, should have thought the plan through better. If he gave Romeo the news in person, and if he had guided the two of them along better without any confusion, both Romeo and Juliet could have survived. Instead, he demonstrated a lack of communication skills which led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play, the Friar was depicted as being somewhat of a father figure to Romeo. Most parents would have been more cautious with their children, like how the nurse is always attentive of Juliet, like where she is at all times. He should have been more careful, because there is always the possibility of something going wrong. In conclusion, Friar Lawrence could have prevented the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet if he had thought all of his choices through.

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  20. Zoe

    Peace, you, how shameful! The cure for confusion is not
    in more confusion. Heaven and yourself both had this
    fair girl, but now only heaven has her.
    And it is better for the girl:
    The part you had could not stop the girl from dying.
    But heaven keeps his part to live forever.
    You only wanted her to move up in social class.
    And now it’s heaven she has been moved up to.
    And now you cry to see her move on,
    above the clouds onto heaven.
    Oh, in this love, you love your child horribly.
    You are angry to see her doing well.
    It’s not good to marry into a marriage for too long,
    She’s better marrying into a marriage for not too long.
    Stop crying and recover from this.
    For this fair corpse, as we always do it,
    looking at her best, bring her to the church.
    Although we should mourn over the death,
    we should be happy.

    Friar Lawrence’s speech about Capulet, the Nurse, and Lady Capulet’s mourning is very alike to Friar’s speech about Romeo when he tried to kill himself. When Friar Lawrence gave his speech first to Romeo he talked about immoderate passion. Romeo in this scene is filled up to the brim with emotion and decides to let it out by trying to kill himself.

    O, tell me, friar, tell me,
    In what vile part of this anatomy
    Doth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack
    The hateful mansion.

    Friar Lawrence quickly shuts down Romeo and tells him his ridiculous idea that could only hurt everyone, including Juliet. This mirrors the speech Friar Lawrence is now speaking about Juliet’s death in. This time, Friar Lawrence talks to the mourners about how they should not be sad and their horrible tears should be joyful. He says that Juliet is better off in heaven. He quickly shuts down their immoderate grief. He says:

    Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary
    On this fair corse; and, as the custom is,
    In all her best array bear her to church:
    For though fond nature bids us an lament,
    Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.

    Both speeches are important and quickly change the character’s perspective on the scene. Once sense was talked into both Romeo and Lady Capulet, Capulet, and The Nurse, they followed the Friar’s advice.

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