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Discuss the dramatic importance of the Nurse in Act 1 Scene3, Act 2 Scene 4 and Act 3 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Discuss the dramatic importance of the Nurse in Act 1 Scene3, Act 2 Scene 4 and Act 3 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' was set in Renaissance Italy in romantic Verona. We believe that Shakespeare got his inspiration from the poem by Arthur Brooke's entitled 'The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet' written in 1562. The play explores the themes of opposing passions of love and hate and youth verses age. Also the importance of fate in determining life's course. The modern audience needs to understand about social and cultural conventions in Shakespearian times. As so as a girl reached child bearing age she was considered old enough to be married. We are going to explore the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse and the Nurses importance to the play. The Nurse is like a mother to Juliet so throughout the play she influences a lot of her decisions, which alter the play's direction. The Nurse takes messages between the young lovers without which their relationship could not continue. Act One Scene Three opens with the Nurse calling out for Juliet in affectionate terms such as 'lamb' and 'ladybird' thus meaning that the Nurse and Juliet were close like mother and daughter. The Nurse has at the start of the scene reveals her earthy sense of humour 'by my maidenhead at twelve years old I bade her come' The Nurse has played a major role in nurturing Juliet. She can recount the tale of weaning Juliet whilst her mother was at Mantua. ...read more.


'I saw no man use you at his pleasure' Peter doesn't really seem to are or respect the Nurse she does not seem that she is held is no great esteem by her fellow servants, they don't see the Nurse as a higher class to them or anymore important. Juliet should still trust her with her important message because she's always been there for her and she's the only true person Juliet can trust but the Nurse isn't that intelligent so that could worry Juliet. The Nurse declares that she is so angry that she is so angry that she is shaking but nevertheless she has enough presence of mind to make sure Romeo knows that she will not have her young mistress` affections trifled with. 'if ye should lead her in a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behaviour.' This again reveals her deep affection for her mistress she has seen another side of Romeo acts differently with his friends even through her anger she makes it clear that Romeo should not dare deceive Juliet. The conversation which follows between her and Romeo rushes headlong; she seems so keen to take his message back to Juliet that she goes to rush off before he has had a chance to tell her what it is. 'What wilt thou tell her, Nurse? Thou dost not mark me.' We can see from this that the Nurse isn't very intelligent she came to talk to Romeo to pass on a message and to get the answer and take it back to Juliet the Nurse starts to return to Juliet and Romeo has to reminded her that she doesn't have the answer. ...read more.


Romeo is the love of her life who she will never give up she doesn't love Paris. The Nurse also doesn't realise Juliet's beliefs another reason why she couldn't possible take the advice. It would have been a sin to commit adultery or bigamy. The Nurse is from humble upbringings with no religious scruples and sees women as only being of 'use' to men in bed. The Nurse would have no empathy with Juliet's passionate love for Romeo and her devotion to religion. The last time we see the Nurse is when she discovers Juliet's 'body' on the day on which would have been her wedding day to Paris. The Nurse is devastated and we feel sorry for her she has always been there for Juliet and was like a mother to her. We do think that Juliet leaving the Nurse out of her plan was justified because even though the Nurse means well she would be likely to put her foot in it and mess the whole thing up. We have learnt that Juliet's mother loves Juliet but in a very formal manor she only goes to see her if it's very important. Her father loves her also but doesn't understand her like the Nurse when he tried to do something nice for Juliet he didn't understand why Juliet didn't like it and he got very mad at her. The story was bound to end tragically when the young lovers were left to there own devices they didn't have the life experience they needed. Even though there love was true and real they didn't think of all the possibilities of there plan and that lead to there deaths. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rebecca Lewis ...read more.

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