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Examining Juliet's relationship with the Nurse and her two parents, and how they change over time and what causes these changes.

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In this essay I will examine Juliet's relationship with the Nurse and her two parents, and how they change over time and what causes these changes. Juliet's main relationship is with the nurse, the nurse appears all the way through the play. At the beginning of the play the relationship is clear, they are very good friends, they trust and love each other. The nurse is Juliet's 'mother' figure, more so than her natural mother, Lady Capulet. The nurse has looked after Juliet since she was born, giving her the 'maternal instinct' that a mother 'receives' on giving birth to a child. Although the Nurse did not give birth to Juliet, she fed her and looked after her from a very young age, so the bond between them is strong, just as a mother giving birth to a baby should be. The nurse is always looking out for Juliet, even though she is Juliet's servant and is paid for looking after her. Because the relationship is so strong the fact that the nurse is the servant isn't shown by either character. ...read more.


She decided to defy her family and marry Romeo secretly. In act 2 scene 2, the nurse interrupts the young couple again. She interrupts just as the couple are talking about marriage. Juliet is the one that proposes marriage, which is unexpected as the couple have only known each other for at most a week. It is unexpected in 2 ways because of the couple barley knowing each other and the woman proposing marriage, in modern society the men usually propose and it is normally after the couple have known each other for at least a few months. The nurse does not object to the proposal, this may be because of their strong bond, or maybe because she is paid to do what she is told. In act 2 scene 4 the nurse goes looking for Romeo, who is with his friends. He acts differently with his friends, as most characters do in this play. He mocks the nurse until she tells him that Juliet has sent her with a message 'To meet and marry at Friar Laurence's' Cell In doing this Juliet has gone against her parents and the nurse has gone against her employers, this shows how much Juliet loves Romeo and how much the Nurse loves Juliet. ...read more.


After the two parents have left, Juliet turns to the Nurse for comfort. The nurse, the only person Juliet feels she can turn to, tells her to forget Romeo 'he is a dishcloth compared to Paris'. The nurse looses Juliet's trust and their friendship has gone. This is the last scene when the nurse is in the play. Juliet's other relationships are with her parents. She doesn't have a friendly relationship with her parents. She will love her parents, because they are her parents, but she probably doesn't like them very much. Juliet's parents show no sign of affection towards each other, maybe Lady Capulet's father made her do the same as they are making Juliet do. Which brings up the point that if Lady Capulet doesn't love her husband, why is she behind him in making Juliet marry Paris? It is likely to be because she is afraid of Lord Capulet; he is a powerful person in the city, or maybe she is just in the relationship for the money. Many questions are brought to mind, none of these Shakespeare gives us the answer to, so we can only guess. ...read more.

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