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What are some quotes that prove that Friar Lawrence is the most to blame for Romeo and Juliet's death?

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Consider this exchange in act 2, scene 3:

ROMEO: I pray thee, chide not. Her I love now

Doth grace for grace and love for love allow.

The other did not so.

FRIAR LAWRENCE: Oh, she knew well

Thy love did read by rote, that 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’ rancor to pure love

Friar Lawrence, the trusted adult in this conversation, has just spent quite a few lines questioning Romeo's motives in marrying Juliet when the good friar himself has noted Romeo's pining and tears over Rosaline in recent days. Does it make sense, then, to leap to marriage immediately after meeting Juliet? No, and Friar Lawrence could have given Romeo counsel here. He could have encouraged Romeo to slow down and not rush to emotional action. Even more compelling is the friar's reasoning for agreeing to this marriage: To turn the Capulet and Montague feud into love. He is, therefore, treating Romeo...

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