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The character of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework The Nurse is one of the most important characters in the play because of her close relationship with Juliet but also because she helps in bringing the two lovers together. Her closeness with Juliet is due to the fact that she was Juliet's wet nurse and has raised her all her life. This shows the role that women played in Shakespeare's day and how they would be employed to raise the children of rich nobles. Our first encounter with the nurse is in Act 1,scene 3. In this scene we learn that the Nurse's relationship with Lady Capulet is very different to her relationship with Juliet, quote (after Lady Capulet asks the nurse to leave so that she and Juliet can talk privately.) "I have remembered me thou's hear our counsel. Thou knowest my daughter is of a pretty age." This shows that Lady Capulet does appreciate the nurse but has a different relationship with her to Juliet. In the scene we also find out a little more about the nurses personality. ...read more.


The next time that we meet he Nurse is in act 2,scene 4 she enters the scene in all her finery, with her hand man Peter. The scene is set in a square in Verona. She is looking for Romeo so she can find out the plans for the upcoming wedding between Romeo and Juliet. When the Nurse finds Romeo he is with his friends Benvolio and Mercutio. She is pretending to be noble this shows the comical role of the nurse in the play as the audience would find this funny. But Romeo and his friends see through her and begin to poke fun at her. She pretends to act shocked, which would be comical to the audience, but we know from earlier in the play that she is really finding this banter amusing. But once she has Romeo alone we see the closeness of her relationship with Juliet shining through, "But first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a fools paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behaviour." ...read more.


the nurse says, "Romeo is banished, and all the world to nothing that he dares ne'er come back to challenge you; Or if he do, it needs must be by stealth. Then since the case so stands as now it doth, I think it best that you married with the county. O, he's a lovely gentleman!" Showing that she has remembered her place in society. The final appearance of the Nurse is in act 4, scene 5 when she discovers what she presumes to be Juliet's dead body and we see her true feelings for Juliet in the form of true grief. "O lamentable day.", "O heavy day", "O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this." This shows the Nurses true feeling for Juliet she was as close to her as a mother and took the death as if she were Juliet's mother. So in conclusion the Nurse is a vital part of the play, for the comedy that she brings in. And also because without the Nurse Romeo and Juliet would of never got together in the first place. ...read more.

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