How can you defend the friar in a court case? There are a lot of reasons why the friar is to blame for the murder of Romeo and Juliet, but I am defending him in a school court case and I was wondering if I could get any help on why he may not be to blame.

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You could defend Friar Laurence by arguing that he only ever acted with the best of intentions. No one can seriously argue that the good friar was ever malicious in facilitating the relationship between the two young lovebirds. He could tell that they were in love and thought it only right and proper that, as both a responsible adult and as a man of the cloth, it was his duty to bring them together, so that's precisely what he did. The subsequent tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's deaths has nothing to do with him; their deaths arose out of a set of unforeseen circumstances over which neither Friar Laurence nor anyone else had any control.

One could go on to argue that the only reason why the friar was placed in this position was because Romeo and Juliet 's parents effectively abrogated their responsibilities as parents. Instead of doing what was best for their children, they chose to continue pursuing a pointless, bloody feud that made it impossible for Romeo and Juliet to express their love for...

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