For about three months, my English class has been studying Romeo and Juliet. And for about three months, I have also conducted my own research. Studying, researching, and studying some more, clues and hints have popped up. I believe that these clues have been here all along, embedded in the text by Shakespeare, but penetrating it with an interested and curious mind is the very thing that would reveal them. Beware and keep an open mind, because my findings may shock you.
We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, right? I believe that we all know that the priest, Friar Laurence, is the sole character who drives this story into being a tragedy. At the exposition of the story, one would simply glance over Friar as he seemed unimportant to the story, but that assumption was wrong.
Laurence was the one who told Romeo and Juliet to act in moderation and caution, but he ends up marrying them. On top of that, his plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet did not go well, because of his inadequate planning, and Romeo receives a false notion. He rushes to Verona, only to be given the illusion that his true love was dead.
Friar tells Romeo not to rush, and then trips over his feet immediately afterwards. He goes ahead and marries Romeo and Juliet in alacrity, but after he preaches to them about how they shouldn't rush things. After all of his good intentions, he could not follow them himself, and that’s what made this story a tragedy.
After researching more and more, I've come to ask myself this question. Is he really the one to blame? Agreed that he gave Juliet the potion that sent her into a deep slumber, giving Romeo the misapprehension that is wife had died, but if you think deeper, he might have accomplished his goal.
All of the plans Friar had fabricated, that seemed to not go as planned, actually happened rendering to his plan, something much obscurer and imperceptible within the bounds of the text. It is lays beneath the text, beneath the story, and now that I think about it, beneath what Shakespeare intended. Something that alludes to how Laurence, being very much alive in this story (and I mean, alive in the sense of awareness of his being in the story), planned this tragedy all along. Was it really a tragedy, though?
Killing Romeo and Juliet was just a part of his plan to end civil strife between the House of Capulet and House of Montague in Verona. The imagery of putting religion below man is one of the indications that Friar Laurence was really not dedicated to God. His contradictions were not actually contradictions, but insurance that his plan would work flawlessly.
*Hey guys! This was my attempt at Theory/Creepypasta and if you have any suggestions as far as revising or adding on, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks! *