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Explain how the relationship between Juliet & the nurse changes through the play.

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Explain how the relationship between Juliet & the nurse changes through the play. " Romeo & Juliet" By William Shakespeare. In the early part of the play we see how close the bond between the nurse and Juliet are. Nurse: "Now by my maidenhead at twelve years old, I bade her come. What, lamb! What, ladybird! God forbid! Where's this Girl? What, Juliet!" We know how close the nurse and Juliet are as the nurse has taken on the role of being Juliet's mother. The nurse breast-feeds Juliet as a baby and the nurse and Juliet become more adapted to each other. By this happening love is created as the nurse brings up Juliet. Juliet has been brought up by the nurse and there for Juliet now trusts the nurse with all of her secrets. ...read more.

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On meeting Romeo and the Capulet's ball the nurse describes her mistress with great admiration. Her mother is a lady of the house, and a good lady, and a wife of virtuous ...I tell you, he that can lay hold of her shall have the chinks." She later meets with Romeo passing on the Message, that she is to meet him at friar Laurence's cell to be married. Romeo: "Bid her devise some means to come to shrift this afternoon, and there she shall at friar Laurence's cell be shrived and married." The Nurses loyalty belongs totally to Juliet, she realises the reaction lord and lady Capulet would have to such a marriage. Following the death of Juliet's cousin typalt by Romeo's hands the nurse continues to follow Juliet's instructions in bringing the lovers together. ...read more.

Conclusion

From arranging Juliet's marriage, organizing Romeo to see Juliet in her bedchamber despite having killed Tybalt, the nurse now is left in the dark. Juliet plans to take a potion, which gives the appearance of death but does not inform the nurse of her plan. This plan hatched with fryer Laurence is critical to the play and Juliet's future. How ever her relationship with the nurse, their intimacy has now broken down. The nurse is no longer Juliet's confident, mother substitute or best friend. The closeness has evaporated. Now only the friar is taken into Juliet's confidence and even there she places a dagger under her pillow in case the potion fails to work. She wonders whether the potion will kill her hence taking the secret marriage to her grave. From the point where the nurse advised Juliet to marry Paris the relationship had broken down. It was tragic that the nurse was unaware of the depth of Juliet's love for Romeo. By Wayne Angell 11Axf ...read more.

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