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The character of the nurse changes throughout the play. Explore these changes in her character and the changes in her relationship with Juliet. What does the nurse add to the dramatic impact on the audience?

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Coursework Romeo & Juliet Sonny Khaira 11H The character of the nurse changes throughout the play. Explore these changes in her character and the changes in her relationship with Juliet. What does the nurse add to the dramatic impact on the audience? Act1 Scene3 This is the first time the audience meets the nurse. In this scene the nurse talks about Juliet's childhood while Lady Capulet talks about Juliet's marriage. Lady Capulet tells the nurse that Juliet is going to get married to Paris as she's fourteen but the nurse tells Lady Capulet she isn't. The nurse's impact on the audience is that she knows Juliet a lot more than Juliet's mother. In this scene the nurse is very close to Juliet and it shows this to the audience by the nurse knowing more than Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet is keen for Juliet to marry Paris but the nurse isn't. The reason that Lady Capulet wants Juliet to get married at such a young age is that she sees Paris as a wealthy man who will look after Juliet. The nurse will probably see it from a different point of view. The reason the nurse knows more than Lady Capulet about Juliet is that the nurse had a child who died so decided to look after Juliet since she was young. The reason that Lady Capulet didn't look after Juliet is that in the years of Juliet's birth it wasn't normal to have a wealthy families mother to do all the work and look after her child. ...read more.

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In this scene the nurse's emotional feelings show the most in the story as the director puts the nurse in positions that can easily show to the audience that she is like a caring mother for Juliet. Act2 Scene5 In this scene Juliet awaits in agony for the return of the nurse to hear if Romeo is willing to go ahead with the marriage and has a date set. The nurse arrives but doesn't want to tell Juliet straight and wants to mess around. The nurse complains that her bones ache from walking around everywhere. The director puts this scene of the Juliet asking the nurse to show how excited Juliet is on marrying Romeo. A soliloquy is spoken by Juliet and she uses words like 'Cupid', 'sweet love' and 'Love's heralds'. These words represent strong love. When Juliet finds out what she wants to hear she is very happy and her face goes from a frustrated face to a cheerful face when she finds out that Romeo wants to get married in Friar Lawrence's cell. The nurse does her best to make Juliet not finding out by complaining about her aches " Jesu, what haste! Can you not stay a while? Do you not see that I am out of breath?" and "Lord, how my head aches". The nurse comes up with these excuses because she likes to see Juliet beg for the answer and wants to keep it that way. The nurse sends Juliet to go get married and says a rude joke " I am the drudge, and toil in your delight; But you shall bear the burden soon at night". ...read more.

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The nurse doesn't get involved straight away because she hasn't got the confidence as she fears that if she gets involved and starts arguing with her master she will be sacked. After the argument Juliet tries to get sympathy form the nurse and the nurse says " I think it best you married with the County O, he's a lovely gentleman!". The nurse tells Juliet to marry Romeo then changes mind + says marry Paris. This is indecisive. The nurse doesn't take things seriously she thinks she can change the irreversible like Romeo and Juliet's marriage. Juliet is heart broken when she hears that the only person on Capulet's side who agreed with the relationship between Romeo and Juliet now disagrees. The audience think now that the nurse is stupid for getting this relationship so intense and then suddenly changing sides. The nurse is doing this because it is best for her as she can still keep her job if she stays on Capulet's side. The nurse thinks that this relationship is just a little one and it can be stopped so easily. "Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart, I think you are happy in this second match". In this scene the nurse isn't very close to Juliet as she's suddenly just stopped helping out Juliet. She would be described as a traitor to Juliet. Her effect on the audience would be that the audience would see what the nurse has got involved in and perhaps feel slight sympathy for her. ...read more.

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