Why is Friar Laurence responsible for Romeo and Juliet's deaths in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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Friar Laurence is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because he agreed to marry them in secret and then gave Juliet a potion to fake her death so she would not need to marry Paris.

Friar Laurence believed that Romeo and Juliet’s marriage would end their parents’ feud.  That’s why he agreed to secretly marry them.  Although Romeo told him that he loved Juliet and she returned his affections, Friar Laurence had his doubts.  He believed that Romeo was too flighty, loving one girl and then the next.  It is usually best not to come between children and their parents, but Friar Laurence wanted to bury the feud for good.


O, she knew well
Thy love did read by rote and could not spell.
But come, young waverer, come, go with me,
In one respect I'll thy assistant be;
For this alliance may so happy prove,
To turn your households' rancour to pure love. (Act 2, Scene 3)

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