Why does Juliet decide to take the drink?
She feels she has no other choice. She cannot marry Paris without betraying both Romeo and her religious faith; she cannot run away alone to find Romeo, since he has already been banished and she doesn't know where to go; she cannot tell her parents of her marriage. This is the only way she can be with Romeo.
Why does Friar Laurence offer Juliet the drink?
Friar Laurence is in an extremely precarious position. Technically, all confessions made in his cell are sacred, but he knows he has violated the trust of the Capulet and Montague families by marrying Romeo and Juliet. His original goal in marrying the two was to...
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