William Shakespeare shows the outcome of poor responsibility and decision making skills. Friar Lawrence, a priest, gave Juliet a potion death and failed to make sure Romeo receives the letter safely. Friar Lawrence?s poor responsibility and decision making skills lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet. To begin, the Friar made a risky plan to give Juliet a potion which she uses o fake her death so that she does not have to marry Paris.
He made a very poor and rash decision and he should have known better than to try the plan. The Friars irresponsibility can be seen when he says, “If, rather than to marry County Paris, thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself… Take thou this vial… No warmth, no breath shall testify thou lives. ” (Shakespeare IV. L. 72, 93, 98) Gullet’s’ life rests in the Friar’s hands and if he makes a mistake, Juliet could die. Before he made this decision he should have thought it through and knew about the consequences forehand. Secondly, Caplet had been deluded.
When Juliet was faking her death Caplet said, “Death lies on her like an untimely frost. ” (IV. V. 28) This clearly shows that Caplet was fooled by fake death. If Friar Lawrence did not give the potion to Juliet, she would never be in this position and there would be no complications. Moreover, Friar Lawrence had trusted Friar John to send the letter to Romeo without telling him it was urgent. If he had gone to Romeo by himself, then the plan would have ran a bit more smooth. When Friar John comes back he says, l could not send it – here it is again -” (V.
II. 14). This illustrates how careless and Irresponsible the Friar is. Also, at such a point time, he should have trusted a person he had complete faith in. “The letter was not nice but full of charge, of dear import, and the neglecting it may do much danger. ” (V. II. 18-20) The Friar trusted a completely careless person at such a crucial time. He is responsible for Romeo and Gullet’s death because if he had been a cautious person, Romeo and Juliet might not have died. Friar Lawrence had made many inexcusable choices throughout the play.