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Shakespeare spend their night together after their wedding,

Shakespeare seems to believe that even good intentions can lead to tragedy shown by the advisors of the nurse and Friar Lawrence.    Shakespeare uses the nurse to demonstrate that even good intentions can lead to tragedy. After the nurse returns with a message from Romeo, she refuses to tell Juliet about Romeo, but in a while she tells Juliet “To fetch a ladder by the which your love/ Must claim a birds nest soon where its dark/I am the drudge and toil in your delight” (Shakespeare 2.5.77-79). The nurse is following Juliet’s orders because she thinks it will make her happy. The nurse will “fetch a ladder” so that Romeo and Juliet can spend their night together after their wedding, showing how her involvement hinders with their plans. The nurse will do “drudge” work for Juliet although the nurse does not seem to be bothered about the consequences she could cause in the future. Because the nurse steps in and starts helping Romeo and Juliet, this leads to the point where Romeo and Juliet get married only to die the following day putting a blame on the nurse. Later on, when Lord Capulet verbally attacks the nurse and Juliet, Juliet asks the Nurse some advice on what to do and the nurse replies “I think it best you married with the County/ O, he’s a lovely gentleman” (3.5. 230-231). The Nurse knows about Juliet’s love for Romeo, yet she starts to push Juliet to “marry with the county.” With her own words, the nurse describes the county as “a lovely gentleman” trying to convince Juliet to forget about Romeo and marry “County.” Furthermore, Juliet seeks more desperate measure to be with Romeo. As a result, the nurse’s advice to Juliet makes her isolate herself from her advisor and in due course killing herself putting a blame on the Nurse. In the end, the good intentions of the Nurse lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.     Shakespeare also uses Friar Lawrence to demonstrate that even good intentions can lead to tragedy. In Friar Lawrence’s cell, when Juliet arrives after Paris leaves, Friar Lawrence introduces the potential plan to fake her death “Then is it likely thou wilt undertake/ A thing like death to chide away this shame/ That copest with death himself to ‘scape from it./ An if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy” (4.1.74-77). It is shown clearly that Friar Lawrence is responsible for coming up the idea. He is the one who suggests a plan that has Juliet in a stage “like death.” However, Friar Lawrence did not think through the plan precisely as it lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, even though he is trying to help. Additionally, when Friar arrives to the Capulet’s tomb wanting to help out Juliet, he hears noise and states “Stay not to question, for the watch is coming/ Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay” (5.3.163-164). Instead of staying and helping Juliet reunite with Romeo, ending the family feud, Friar Lawrence dares to “no longer stay” at the tomb because he fears of getting caught by the “watch.” Friar Lawrence leaving lead to the mistake of Juliet stabbing and killing herself openly. As a result, Friar Lawrence trying to help Romeo and Juliet and trying to end the family feud all resulted tragically. In conclusion, the help of the nurse and Friar who thought they were helping Romeo and Juliet, only made the situation worse, which in the end, has ended tragically. 

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