• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse the Character of the Nurse - romeo and juliet

Extracts from this document...


Analyse the Character of the Nurse Emily Hallam 10s The nurse plays a relatively important role in the play, Romeo and Juliet. She is the mother figure of Juliet, as Friar Lawrence is the father figure to Romeo, the person whose advice Juliet regularly seeks, and whose help she values. Although the Nurse and Friar Lawrence play similar parts in the play (both a parent figure, both make mistakes) there are several significant differences. The Friar is evidently the most sensible of the two, it is him that makes the deadly mistakes leading to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. As a servant of the Capulet household she is dismissed by Lord and Lady Capulet, yet is probably closer to the Capulet household as we see her at most of the most crucial moment in the play, for example when Romeo and Juliet first meet, and when Juliet is found 'dead'. She never seems far from Juliet, which shows that she has a close relationship with Juliet. ...read more.


Because of this, she sees the nurses advice to commit bigamy and marry Paris in Act 3 Scene 5, as unforgivable treachery, 'Ancient Damnation! O most wicked fiend! ... Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.' Here she verbally cuts the link between herself and the nurse forever, which seems unfair and extreme. There is a contrast between Juliet and the Nurse regarding their moral views, their views on love and on marriage. Juliet sees marriage as a confirmation of love, whereas the nurse sees it as an importance that defines ones future happiness and social status. She plays with the phrase, 'women grow by men,' taking it in two meanings, that women grow by means of social status, a woman becomes more honourable once she is married, and women physically growing, in pregnancy. The nurse's character is one of the humorous aspects of the play. Shakespeare uses humour to lift the ominous atmosphere. ...read more.


I think that this is to contrast with the youth of Juliet to emphasise the forthcoming tragedy at the loss of young lives. Many of the nurse's long speeches refer to her, and are detailed accounts of events of her life. We learn a lot about her, 'And then my husband - God be with his soul, /A' was a merry man - took up the child.' As the nurse has no soliloquy speeches, which Shakespeare used to reveal a character's true feelings, she comes across as a very basic character, with no secrets or problems to hide. We do not see her expressing emotions suggesting that she is a minor character, and that there is nothing special about her. I think that Shakespeare introduced the Nurse to liven up the play, and bring it down to Earth, and easier for an audience to relate to. She is a comic character, in contrast to the characters of Romeo, Juliet, Friar Lawrence, Benvolio, Tybalt, the Capulets and the Montagues, and so her scenes bring humour to the ominous atmosphere. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work