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nurse in romeo and juliet

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The nurses role in Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be discussing the nurses' role in Romeo and Juliet. The nurse is first introduced in act 1 scene 3. The nurse comes across as a comedic character with her bawdy humour you can see this from the first time we meet the nurse in; 'Now my maidenhead at twelve years old.'(Act 1, scene 3, L2) This illustrates her calling Juliet a virgin, which is quite rude, We learn that the nurse had a daughter called Susan who died form cot death, her daughter was born the same day as Juliet. The nurse was Juliet's wet nurse and has been in the Capulet family for 14 years, she has looked after Juliet since the day she was born and has a special bond with her, the nurse states; 'Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour' (Act 1, scene 3, L12) ...read more.

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Juliet's marriage and honeymoon night with Romeo, by this you can see the nurse really cares for Juliet as she is willing to loose her job and possibly her life to see Juliet happy. In Act 2, scene 5, Juliet awaits the Nurse's return with news of her marriage to Romeo. In this scene Juliet proves very fond of the Nurse by using sweet names for her; 'O honey Nurse.' (Act 2, scene 5, L18) The Nurse delays giving Juliet information about the marriage, which creates tension for the audience. This also makes the play much more interesting, creating suspense and drama. It takes the Nurse from her entrance on line 18 until line 68 to tell Juliet about Romeo awaiting her at Friar Lawrence's cell. The nurse acts as a go between for Romeo and Juliet giving Juliet secret messages from Romeo about the wedding plans, without her and Friar Laurence they wouldn't be able to get married. ...read more.

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one who is going to help her get dressed, she thinks Juliet is sleeping and says; 'Sleep for a week, for the next night I warrant the county Paris hath set up his rest that you shall rest but little.' (Act 4, scene 5, L5). This shows her sexual humour as she is saying that she should have a good sleep as she will be up all night with Paris. The nurse realises Juliet is dead and is finally for the first time in the play lost for words and silent. The nurse is an important character in the play because Shakespeare uses her to move the plots forward in a dramatic way. She is like a messenger informing Romeo and Juliet of the news and keeps the story going. Shakespeare also uses her to bring humour to the play which contrasts with the tragedy which happens at the end. Without the nurse the play wouldn't have been able to develop as well as it did. ...read more.

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