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Explore the role of the Nurse and her relationship with Juliet. Look at how it changes across the play look at how the audience react to the play as a piece of drama including social and historical background.

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Explore the role of the Nurse and her relationship with Juliet. Look at how it changes across the play look at how the audience react to the play as a piece of drama including social and historical background. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by Shakespeare. It is about two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues, whose children fall in love. The play ends in tragedy when both Romeo and Juliet die. At the time this play was written and set society was very different. For instance, people didn't live as long therefore got married earlier that is why is was acceptable for Juliet to marry at only 13. It was very common for richer families to employ a nurse. The childs mother would have little or no role in bringing up the child, so great bonds would be made between Juliet and her nurse. Another thing that happened was that children would always obey their parents without question; this is why when Juliet refuses to marry Paris her father gets so angry. ...read more.

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Nurse warns off Romeo from Juliet and explains that she is the Capulets daughter; Nurse is acting like Juliet's mother and being very protective. Act2 scene4, in this scene we see Romeo and Mercutio who knows nothing about Juliet only of Rosalyn who Romeo used to love. Nurse arrives and talks to Romeo about wedding preparations. Mercutio is very rude towards the Nurse and insults her "her fan is fairer than her face" implying that the fan she is holding looks better than her face. When Mercutio has left she boasts that she could have beaten him if she had so wished. Romeo also tries to be witty and not answer her questions directly. Act2 scene5, Nurse returns from her talk with Romeo and is welcomed back by an excited Juliet. Nurse hears the desperation in Juliet's voice. So teases her by withholding information about the wedding, telling her that she is too tired, "do you not see that I am out of breath" to which Juliet replies: "how art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath to say to me thou art out of breath?" ...read more.

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I think she may have said this so that she can keep her job and not be found out that she helped Juliet disobey her parents. The Nurse's role is one that changes constantly throughout the play. At the start of the play in her first scene she is simply Juliet's friend and link to her mother who doesn't really know how to talk to Juliet. In act1 scene5 she is shown not as much as a friend but more of a mother figure and protector. In act2 scene4 she is a friend of Juliet and also a go-between for her and Romeo. This is bad for Nurse because if she were caught she would most definitely lose her job. In the next scene she is playing the role of friend and teasing Juliet. Act3 scene2 Nurse is more serious and acts like family and is very loyal to the Capulets to the extent that she insults Romeo. The final scene Nurse is in act3 scene5 she thinks primarily of her self and advises Juliet to marry Paris, so her role is this scene is just as an employee of the Capulets. ...read more.

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