Which characters have good intentions for the two lovers in  Romeo and Juliet? Show how these good intentions go astray

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Many of the characters in the play feel benevolence towards Romeo and Juliet as individuals, but not all of those favour the marriage. Lord and Lady Montague, for example, want the best for their son, but do not consider that marrying a Capulet is beneficial. Similarly, Capulets who disapprove of the marriage may feel that marrying into the Montague family is not the wisest course for her. In the Renaissance, as now, parents’ good intentions towards their children often involve trying to prevent the children from messing up their lives.

Benvolio is a good friend to Romeo. He persuades Romeo to attend the feast at the Capulet’s house, which is a bad idea, because there Romeo (1) could have gotten in trouble were it not for Lord Capulet’s kindness and (2) he falls In love with Juliet..

The Nurse loves Juliet and arranges the meeting that leads to Juliet’s death.

Friar Laurence agrees to marry the pair. The potion he gives Juliet that makes Juliet appear dead fools Romeo so that Romeo kills himself.

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