Romeo and Juliet

According to Friar Laurence, who/what is to blame for the tragic events that have transpired? What is he suggesting about the power of the individual choice?

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The events of Act 5 do not provide a clear answer to the question of whether Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of fate. Instead, one could continue to argue that the tragic ending is the result of individual decisions - most notably, Friar Laurence's complicated plan. Friar Lawrence argues that individual choice fueled by impulse and fiery passion leads to bad situations. Friar Lawrence argues for moderation and control over impulses.