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Romeo and Juliet Coursework The Nurse William Shakespeare wrote the well-known play "Romeo and Juliet" in 1599. "Romeo and Juliet" is a great love story that ends tragically. It is set in Verona, Italy where there is a major family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Obviously knowing of the conflict Juliet the daughter of the Capulets and Romeo the son of the Montagues meet and fall in love. Even though the position that they are in makes the relationship very difficult they decide to become husband and wife. Fortunately the young couple have someone to help arrange their plans to be wed. This person is Juliet's Nurse. The Nurse has looked after Juliet since she was a baby. This is why Juliet trusts the Nurse enough to let her help with her relationship with Romeo. Therefore the Nurse is an important character in the play because she acts as an "messenger" between the two lovers. Shakespeare presents the Nurse into the play at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3. During this scene Lady Capulet tells Juliet and the Nurse about Paris and his proposal of marriage. ...read more.


Also in this conversation Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet his family's worst enemy. We don't hear from the Nurse till Act 2, Scene 4 where she has been sent to find Romeo for Juliet. We are now seeing the evidence that she is acting as a messenger for the couple. In the scene the Nurse is in Verona's square with all the young men and her servant Peter. Again Shakespeare shows us how flirtatious she is. The Nurse enjoys the sexually connected comments that the men are making towards her. For example, "I tell ye, for the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon". This quotation is taken from Mercutio Romeo's best friend. Mercutio is proving to the Nurse the time of day but not in a polite way. When he says, "dial" he means women and when he says, "prick" he means penis. After the Nurse confronts Romeo with Juliet's proposal of marriage she says to him, "if ye should lead her in a fool's paradise". Here Romeo is being warned by the Nurse not to seduce Juliet. ...read more.


But straight after she gives this information she goes on to say, "Stand up, stand up, stand, and be you a man;" She is giving that she is capable of controlling Romeo this again shows her concern for Juliet. Displaying his pain and suffering Romeo tries to commit suicide but is stopped by the Nurse, this is also evidence for the Nurse protecting Juliet. The Nurse then continues to give inappropriate behaviour, she is flirting with the Friar, which is a monk. "O Lord, I could have stay'd here all night". Act 4, Scene 5 the Nurse discovers Juliet "dead", when really has taken drugs to make her sleep for twenty-four hours. The Nurse is desolate over the her "death" and displays her feelings again by repetition, "Never was seen so black a day as this. O woeful day, O woeful day!" I think that the Nurse acts a servant, friend, confidante and successful messenger towards Juliet in the play. She and Friar Lawrence also contributed to the marriage of their two young friends, which ended up killing both lovers. I don't believe that the Nurse helped towards the death of Juliet because the couple were determined to get married even with the circumstances that they were in. November 2001 Ebonni Chabala 10R ...read more.

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