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Cara O'Toole 10P Mrs V Bodinger Examine the role and presentation of the Nurse "Romeo and Juliet" is a tale of love and tragedy written by William Shakespeare, They are star-crossed lovers. "Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy in the 14th century. Shakespeare often set his plays in the past. A very important point in the play is that there is a family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, which would have been an impossible love, if it were not for the Nurse. Shakespere has given her very free blank verse and her speech when we first meet her in 1.iii is colloquial, repetitive, full of oaths, interjections and irrelevancies, and spiced up with bawdy jokes. My first impression of the Nurse is that she is impolite, she calls Juliet 'my maidenhead' this is referring to Juliet's virginity and unbroken hymen, I think that that is a very crude comment, and is not an appropriate comment to be used in the presence of Lady Capulet. Juliet feels quite embarrassed that the nurse is talking about very personal and private things about her. ...read more.


But what Juliet does not know is that her father has organised and arranged marriage between Paris and herself, Juliet refuses to go ahead with it and her parents are most upset. Capulet cries, "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch. I tell thee what: get thee to church a Thursday, or never after look me in the face." This means 'if you don't marry Paris on Thursday, I'll disown you' and he is implying that she would rather his own daughter to be hanged than not marry Paris. In the 13th century women were like gifts that men could swap and give each other. The Nurse does have lots of different aspects to her character she is a comic character; hearty, egotistical, loquacious, colloquial, vulgar, bawdy unintelligent/uneducated and insensitive. It seems at first that the nurse has taken the place of the cold Lady Capulet, as surrogate mother. Lady Capulet relied on the Nurse to bring up Juliet, but the Nurse would not have set a very good example to Juliet. Juliet is expected to grow up as a well mannered, proper woman, and she needed an upper class woman, like her mother to show her what she is expected to become when she becomes an adult. ...read more.


The Nurse is shocked and grief stricken at the news of her charges death. The role of the Nurse was going on even the play started. Shakespeare emphasises that she has been Juliet's life since she was a baby, she was Juliet's wet nurse, at the time that Shakespere wrote Romeo and Juliet in, the role of women were delicate objects and men controlled everything. Women did not have a say. The Nurse's role in the play was crucial and William Shakespeare's character fits in well with the story. Without the Nurse in the story of Romeo and Juliet there would not have been a romance or a wedding between Romeo and Juliet. The Nurse is the key to the plot. Juliet's death would have ruined the Nurse's whole life and she would have lost her job. The Nurse is one of the characters in which the author delighted; he has, with great subtilty of distinction, drawn her at once loquacious and secret, obsequious and insolent, trusty and dishonest, the Nurse is not a completely bad person. I feel that she just was not good at her job. ...read more.

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