“In the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
Albert Camus points out that for some people, it is easier for them to take their own life, than it is to continue living an empty one. This is the case for the star-crossed lovers, Romeo, and Juliet, in William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. Although there were multiple contributing factors to the suicides of Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence is directly responsible for their deaths. He is responsible because he trusted someone other than himself to deliver the letter to Romeo, he gave Juliet the potion, and left when Romeo and Juliet were in danger at the tomb.
Friar Laurence trusted Friar John to deliver the letter to Romeo. He made a huge mistake by not telling Friar John that the letter was very important and needed to be delivered quickly. Soon after Friar Laurence gave the responsibility to Friar John, he was thought to have the plague, and was condemned before he could deliver the letter. When Friar Laurence goes to Friar John to see if the letter had been delivered, Friar John says, “I could not send it – here it is again / Nor get a messenger to bring it thee / So fearful they were of infection.” (5.2.14-16) If Friar had delivered the letter to Romeo himself; he would never have had the issue of it getting stopped along the way. Once Friar Laurence realizes his mistake he says, “Within this three hours will Juliet wake / She will beshrew me that Romeo hath no notice of these accidents;” (5.2.25-26) Unfortunately, the Friar does not realize the consequences that his actions result in. Therefore, Friar Laurence trusting Friar John with the letter to Romeo is part of the reason he is responsible for their deaths.
Friar Laurence also gave Juliet the potion that she used to fake her death. When she goes to the Friar for help because she does not want to marry Paris, she says, “I long to die / If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy.” (4.1.67-68) Juliet is saying that she will kill herself if Friar Laurence does not have a solution to her problem. This clearly shows that Juliet is an unstable teenager who cannot be put into...