Why is Friar Laurence to blame for the deaths in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and what quotes prove it?

Friar Laurence is to blame, at least in part, for the deaths in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet because he agrees to marry the couple in secret, despite his doubts and his concern that their relationship is merely infatuation. He also is blameworthy because he helps Juliet fake her death, which ultimately leads to the real deaths of both Romeo and Juliet.

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In the final scene of the play, Prince Escalus actually absolves Friar Laurence of all guilt, saying, "We still have known thee for a holy man" (V.iii.281). Prince Escalus even lays all blame on Lords Capulet and Montague, and frankly, Prince Escalus's opinion is the better opinion. It is ultimately the hatred Lords Capulet and Montague share that instigates the fighting and causes all of the deaths in the play. However, Friar Laurence certainly made some well-intentioned poor decisions, and these decisions certainly helped to cause Romeo's and Juliet's deaths, even though his decisions are not the primary nor the only cause. Nevertheless, if you need to interpret Friar Laurence as being blameworthy for their deaths, then all you have to do is look at the decisions he made. Any quotes referring to his decisions, or even to his own doubts about his decisions, will help prove that Friar Laurence has some blame.

One poor decision Friar Laurence makes is to agree to marry the couple in secret . While at first...

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