Romeo and Juliet

The Seed of Failure in Romeo and Juliet 9th Grade

Novelist Napoleon Hill once wrote, “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in another.” His opinion compels people to reconsider and reflect on the consequences and effects of their decisions. However, in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Friar Lawrence fails to notice the harm he is causing to the young lovers. He plays the most pivotal role in the midst of their insane love, because his great influence over them plants the seed of failure. His advice and personal motivation to end the family feud cause him to make unwise choices that result in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

As the key character who draws Romeo and Juliet together, the Friar has a pressingly influential power over them and their love story through his aid. Throughout the play, the only two characters aware of the blossoming love between Romeo and Juliet are the Friar and the Nurse. However, Juliet quickly loses her trust in the Nurse, leaving the Friar as the sole source of help and advice. From the beginning, Romeo and Juliet have been continually depending on the counsel of the Friar to help regain their security and confidence during rough times or after tragedy. For example,...

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