What is some evidence proving that Friar Laurence is guilty and responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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While Friar Laurence does make some poor decisions, it's actually debatable that he is the one to blame for Romeo's and Juliet's deaths. In fact, Prince Escalus makes some excellent points absolving Friar Laurence of any guilt and laying all blame on Lords Capulet and Montague . We see Prince Escalus absolving the friar in the line, "We still have known thee for a holy man" (V.iii.281). We further see him laying all blame on Lords Capulet and Montague in the lines, "See what a source is laid upon your hate, / That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!" (V.iii.303-04). Escalus rightly blames Capulet and Montague rather than the friar because had their hatred not existed, Friar Laurence never would have been placed in a position in which he had to make poor decisions. He never would have had to marry them in secret, and he never would have had to fake Juliet's death, which are both events that lead up to their deaths. However, if you truly do want to make the point that he is to blame,...

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