“The road to failure is paved with good intentions”- W. Clement Stone. In life, we make many good intentions to help ourselves and even others. Though sometimes, if our actions do not follow our intentions our plans may not succeed. In the novel, Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, Friar Laurence has good intentions of wedding two teen lovers and helping them succeed in spending their lives together. However, his plans do not conquer. The marriage of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s potion and Friar Laurence’s fleeing of Juliet’s tomb are all examples that show Friar Laurence’s well-meaning actions ending in disastrous results.
The marriage of Romeo and Juliet is one example of Friar Laurence’s actions ending in disastrous results because first, Friar Laurence agrees to marry the couple when Romeo goes to him even though shortly before he told Romeo that he was moving on too fast, and loving with his eyes and not his heart. “So soon forsaken? / Young men’s love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. ” (2:3:65-69). Despite these actions that lead to a disastrous ending, they still had good intentions. Laurence agreed to marry Romeo to Juliet because he believed it would end the feud between the Capulet and Montague family. 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. ” (2:3:92-95). Next, Friar Laurence and Juliet’s Nurse, accompany Romeo and Juliet in their plan to sneak off early in the morning to his cell and marry before anyone finds out. This is also part of Friar Laurence’s well-meaning actions that ended disastrously because, Friar Laurence still agreed to marry the two star-crossed lovers because he wants them to live happily.
Juliet’s Nurse had even been more of a mother to Juliet, and raised and nursed her when she was younger so it is also important to her to see Juliet happy. “So smile the heavens upon this holy act / That after-hours with sorrow chide us not” (2:6:1-2). However, even though Friar Laurence and the Nurse’s intentions were to have Romeo and Juliet be happy together, they knew that they were going against their parents wishes and wedded the young couple anyway. “Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence’s cell. / There stays a husband to make Iezzi 2 you a wife. ” (2:5:68-69).
Secondly, Juliet’s potion is another example of Friar Laurence’s well-meaning actions ending in disastrous results because, he gives Juliet this potion to deceive her family to thinking that she is dead so she will not have to follow through with marring Paris. However, the message to Romeo to tell him that Juliet is not actually dead is not delivered. Romeo is now under the impression that Juliet has already taken her life, which causes him to soon take his own. These actions of Friar Laurence are deceiving and make him seem like he is lacking in integrity.
Especially in Friar Laurence’s position as a friar, he should not be involved in deception. “That cop’st with death himself to ‘scape from it; / And, if though darest, I’ll give thee remedy”. (4:1:76-77). Despite, the actions ending disastrously, Friar Laurence still had good intentions. When he realized how upset Juliet was about not being able to be with Romeo and having to marry Paris, he felt sympathy for Juliet and could tell that she would never be happy without Romeo. “Ah, Juliet, I already know thy grief. It strains me past the compass of my wits”. (4:1:47-48). Friar Laurence had thought that the potion to deceive Juliet as being dead would work and Juliet would be able to be happy with Romeo again, but when his message was not delivered correctly it was not his intentions. When he finds out that his message was not delivered he plans to do the rest of the work himself so he could be certain it was done correctly and his plans to make the couple happy would succeed. “Now, must I to the monument alone. / Withing this three hours will fair Juliet wake. She will beshrew me much that Romeo / Hath had no notice of the accidents, / But I will write again to Mantua, / And keep her at my cell till Romeo come”. (5:2:24-29). Lastly, when Friar Laurence flees Juliet’s tomb it is the final disastrous result. Romeo is lying in Juliet’s tomb dead because he was misunderstood and thought Juliet had actually taken her life. Paris is also lying along side Juliet in her tomb because he had come to visit her, only to find Romeo there and be killed. A troubled Juliet awakes finding Romeo dead and shortly after taking her own life.
Friar Laurence flees Juliet’s tomb because he hears the courtyard guards coming and at that moment realizes Iezzi 3 what he did was wrong. He feels guilty for his actions and does not want to be caught for what he did, making him seem like a coward. “Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay. ” (5:3:165). When Friar Laurence exits Juliet’s tomb, he is caught by the guards anyway and he is brought back to the Capulet family. Friar Laurence confesses to the family everything he and the Nurse did. When he finally does come clean it shows that his intentions were all well-meaning even though his actions did not conquer.
Friar Laurence also explains to the Capulet’s that he will take the severest punishment for what he did. This shows that he knows it was wrong, and feels guilty. “ Miscarried by my fault, let my old life / be sacrificed, some hour before his time / Unto the rigour of severest law. ” (5:3:273-275). The marriage of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s potion and Friar Laurence’s fleeing of Juliet’s tomb were all the well-meaning actions of Friar Laurence that did in fact end in disastrous results. Even though Friar Laurence’s intentions were his best, it certainly seemed that he made the situation of Romeo and Juliet worse.
If he was a man of more integrity and was not involved in deception, the marriage of Romeo and Juliet could have succeeded if he was to tell the Capulet and Montague family from the beginning. This way the Friar, Nurse, Juliet and Romeo would not have to go behind their families backs and go against their wishes. Juliet’s potion would also have never been needed. When our good intentions in life are not follow by our actions and our plans do not conquer this could certainly end in disaster. Friar Laurence’s situation in Romeo and Juliet is a perfect example of that.