Lies are perpetually told in order to conceal the truth, for a hope that the lies told will delight and bring happiness and joy. In reality lies can only bring one thing, trouble and nuisance. The lies are displayed in tragic love tale by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. In this play lies destroy the lives of not only Romeo and Juliet, but all the people around them. The destroying power of lies is shown by the lies told from Romeo to his family, from Friar Laurence, a dedicated priest, to his fellow men, and from Juliet, to her parents and her lover.
Romeo, the main male role in this play, tells his lies one right after another. One example of his concealing nature is when his dear sweet friend, Benvolio, was trying to figure out why Romeo was quite glum, Romeo talking in his sweet riddles again, says, “Not having that which having makes them short” (Act I Scene i). In this instance, Romeo just doesn’t come out and tell Benvolio the truth. Even the slightest lie humans tell, trouble will eventually catch up to them. The morning after the wonderful Capulet party, Romeo never comes home with his friends that he departed with. After his secretive meeting with Friar Laurence, Romeo’s other close friend says, “You gave us the/Counterfeit fairly last night” (Act V Scene iv). Romeo completely ditched his friends, and then proceeded to lie about where he was.
People, who tend to lie to their friends, bring trouble in the form of losing their friends. When talking to Balthasar in Mantua, Romeo says, “Tush, thou art deceived/Leave me and do the thing I bid thee to do/Hast thou no letters to me from the Friar” (Act V Scene i). In this case, Romeo flat out lied and sent his servant, no less, Balthasar, away so he could finish up his secret relationship with Juliet. Humans, as a whole, owe their fellow workers the decency of the truth. Romeo lies to Balthasar again, when he is just about to go commit suicide next to Juliet death bead, he says, “But chiefly to take thence from her dead finger/A precious ring—a ring that I must use” (Act V Scene iii). Twice in one night, Romeo tole flat out lies to his servant, and then trouble brought him death. The constant telling of lies is insured to only bring you turmoil and trouble.
Another main character in this play that illustrates the problems that consistent lying brings, is Friar Laurence. Romeo comes to him after his great night and asks him to marry him and Juliet together, in response the Friar says, “From this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (Act II Scene iii). By saying this, the Friar agrees to lie to both of their families and many citizens of the city of Verona. When humans reach the age of adulthood and beyond, they need to exercise proper judgment and not give consent to lie like this. At another point in the play, Friar Laurence give Juliet the advice to, “Go home, be merry, give consent/To marry Paris” (Act IV Scene i). Adults should not be encouraging young, maturing children to lie, just as Friar Laurence does to Juliet in this play. After Juliet follows through with Friar Laurence’s plan to get the two forbidden lovers together, to her family he says, “Peace, ho, for shame! Confusions cure lives not/In these confusions.
Heaven and yourself/Had part in this fair maid—now heaven hath all” (Act IV Scene v). At this point most would expect the Friar to just come clean and tell all the people about Romeo and Juliet, but no, he tells one more fib once again. In a situation like this, most of the living population has learned to tell the truth so no more problems will come to them. When Romeo kills himself, and Juliet wakes up, the Friar soon realizes that he has gotten himself into quite the predicament. To try and undo the trouble his lies have already brought he says to poor, little Juliet, “Come, I’ll dispose of thee/Among a sisterhood of holy nuns” (Act V Scene iii). Friar Laurence decides, in all his glory as a priest, to just lie again and not come clean about all he has lied about and all the pain and issues he has stirred up. In society today lying at this caliber is highly frowned upon.
For the sweet 14 year old girl she is, Juliet tells some pretty big lies that brought some pretty major consequences. Her mother and father have decided that they really want Juliet to marry Count Paris, Juliet’s response to this is, “I’ll look to like if looking liking move;/But no more deep will endart mine eye/Than your consent gives strength to make it fly” (Act I Scene iii). Instead of just telling her mother that she doesn’t want to marry Paris, Juliet tell the smallest lie, which in the end causes her death. Most joy seeking people, will just flat out say the truth when it comes to their life time companions. The night at the Capulet’s joyous party, Romeo and Juliet meet each other for the first time, to Romeo, Juliet says, “For saints have hands the pilgrims’ hands do touch,/And palm to palm, is holy palmers’ kiss” (Act I Scene V). When humans have an attraction to another person, they tend to go and pursue them, learn their names and other important things about them. In this situation, Romeo and Juliet just lie to each other and keep the truth about their true identities from each other. As Juliet’s father tells her about her marriage to Count Paris, Juliet says, “Good father, I beseech you on my knees,/Hear me with patience but to speak a word” (Act III Scene v). The reasons why Juliet refuses to marry the man her father has chosen is because she is lying to him and hasn’t told him about the man, or Romeo, she is already married to.
Lies that are this big, just shouldn’t be told because nothing they bring is good to the lie tellers, it only cause more and more trouble for them. Juliet visits Friar Laurence, he tells her to lie to her parents, then to “kill” herself. When she arrives home she tells her father, “Where I have learnt to repent the sin/Of disobedient opposition/To you and your behests, and am enjoyed/By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here/To beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you!/Henceforward I am ever ruled by you” (Act IV Scene ii). Right here Juliet flat out lies to her dad about where she’s been, what she’s really been doing, and about what she feels about Paris and their marriage. Good, proper children have no reason to, and should not lie to their parents like this. The happiness, bliss, and delight brought from telling lies is only a cover up for the pain and turmoil that they bring. Romeo, Juliet and Friar Laurence display the power that lies have on the lives of people in this world. As lies are told, they bring temporary joy but only true happiness can come from the truth that is told. The truth about lies people tell is that no good what so ever will ever come from them.