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The Nurse and Friar Laurence are kind but powerless characters who inadvertently contribute to the tragic ends of Romeo and Juliet The Nurse is ignorant and unthinking as she enjoys and sets up the secret marriage but she does not think about the consequences or take responsibility for them The Nurse helps Juliet to marry Romeo when the Nurse knows it is forbidden Once the marriage is done the Nurse refuses to support Juliet The Friar is wise and insightful when he marries Romeo and Juliet but he simply does not have the power or the foresight to stop the tragic events that come after the marriage Friar Laurence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet even though it is risky He doesnt have the power to support them enough after the marriage These two characters share good intentions and love for Romeo and Juliet and share the responsibility for their deaths The Nurse helps Juliet to marry Romeo because she is just thinking about Juliets feelings without thinking about the problems this marriage could cause In Act I Scene v lines 137-138 she tells Juliet who Romeo is It causes Juliet to get very upset My only love sprung from my only hate IV139 but the Nurse doesnt think about this She doesnt see the trouble that has started After the nurse realizes that Juliet and Romeo love each other she doesnt stop it instead she agrees to carry the message to Romeo although she knows Romeo is a Montague Also she knows this relationship is unsafe but she still happily promotes it After the Nurse has a secret meeting with Romeo she teases Juliet and praises Romeo as a handsome and nice young man She does not explain to Juliet the problems of loving Romeo She helps and encourages Juliet to get to Friar Laurences cell to get married The Nurse doesnt consider the dangerous result of this action She only thinks of the
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