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I am doing an essay about the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. I will be looking at her character functions in the play, with the language and her impact of her in the play.

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I am doing an essay about the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. I will be looking at her character functions in the play, with the language and her impact of her in the play. The Nurse is employed by the Capulet family since the birth of Juliet, and the Juliet's upbringing has been left entirely in her hands. The Nurse has a lot of affection for Juliet. She plays more of a mother figure to Juliet than her natural mother does. She provides entertainment by making jokes and bawdy comments. She also relieves the tragedy with her humour in the play. The nurse is an imperative character in the play because Shakespeare uses her to moves the plot forward. She is like a messenger informing Romeo and Juliet of the news and keeps the story going. Shakespeare also uses her to bring humour in the play which contrasts with the tragedy waiting to happen in the end of the play. In the play she is described as being as a capacious lady, she is written to wear a flowing dress. Romeo pretends that she is a ship and that her headscarf is a sail, "A sail, A sail". From the way she looks, moves and wares bring humour in to the play. She audience laugh at her and from the Act 2 Scene 4 we can expect that she will be bringing humour in the play. All of the absurdity that she brings contrasts with the Tragedy of Rome and Juliet. She also heightens the problem or the tragedy and raises even more tension there is. The Nurse is very talkative, she loves to make speeches and talk about the past The Nurse frequently tells stories and is reminiscent about her past. ...read more.


She was the one who told both of them who was the other one. At the Masked ball Romeo asks the Nurse who is Juliet and finds out that she is a Capulet and Juliet sends the Nurse to find out who is Romeo and discovers his name and is dismayed to learn that he is a Montague. Juliet evens send her to find out Romeo and ask her in the market square in Act 2 Scene 4. "Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I may find the young Romeo?" Although she spoke to him recently, it was brief and she cannot remember what he looked like. It is the same with Romeo. She tell Romeo not to betray Juliet "if ye should lead her into a fool's paradise, as they say, it Were a very gross kind of behavior" When she gets the response of Romeo she goes back to Juliet, who is waiting anxiously. When the Nurse enters in Act 2 Scene 5 she tries to delay the information about Romeo by telling Juliet that she is out of breath "thou out of breath" "jaunt" she also tries to delay the information by telling Juliet how handsome in Romeo. She makes Juliet really frustrated because she is being teased by the nurse. She teases Juliet, and has little regard for her feelings. She enjoyed herself because she is power over Juliet, which she never gets. In this scene she is garrulous which contrasts with Juliet's direct manner e.g. "How art thou out of breath, when thou hest breath To say to me that thou art out of breath? ...read more.


On the other had her mother's reaction to Juliet's death is completely different, she just thinks about herself. "O me, O me, my child, my only life" She is upset but Shakespeare uses interesting word to describe that, which implies that she is thinking about herself, "me" "my". She only uses o my child o my life she just cares about herself. The father of Juliet has a deep regret over the death of Juliet, Shakespeare uses poetic language to describe the regret over the death, "Death lies on her like an like an untimely frost" Here Shakespeare uses simile to describe the death, he uses natural images which are very beautiful; "Upon the sweetest flower of all the field." Here we have very beautiful images while the situation is very horrible. Shakespeare also uses gentle, soft sound images "sweetest", he also uses alliteration "flower" "field" In line 85- 91 Shakespeare compares what the day would have been like, the sorrow of the death of Juliet that make the family change. That is the last scene in which we see the Nurse. Throughout the play, she appears, however when she loses Juliet's trust, she is lost from the play. The Nurse plays a critical role in Romeo and Juliet. Without her, the play would be less entertaining as she adds humour to the play, but also makes the sad moment even more depressing as when Juliet dies, we feel sorry for the Nurse the most as she has brought her up from when she was born and she has to witness her tragic death, which she may feel partly responsible for, as she advised Juliet to forget about Romeo and wed Paris. The plot could not have been developed and the story could not have been facilitated if it was not for the essential character of the Nurse! ...read more.

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