It is a big feast day that occurs the day after Juliet 's birthday. As the play takes place, Juliet is only 13 years old. The Nurse has an important role in and out of the play. She is a character that cares about Juliet and her well-being more than her own or her mother
Romeo and Juliet is a well-known play written by William Shakespeare. Even though it is famous for being a love story, Shakespeare demonstrates that rebellion is closely tied together either it through the characters: Juliet, Romeo and Tybalt. By defying their families, authority and society's expectations, they set in motion the events in this tragedy. Romeo’s rebellion against society's expectations and his own family, the Montagues, is because of his love. His love of Rosaline is his first demonstration of defiance.
The nurse pushes Juliet to marry Count Paris which makes her drink the potion. “Beshrew my heart in this second match, For it excels you first”(Romeo and Juliet 3.5.223-224). This is her telling Juliet to marry count Paris because Romeo is never coming back. In addition to her telling Juliet to marry Count Paris she let her marry Romeo. The nurse takes Juliet to the Friar and gets her married to Romeo.
In most societies, it is common for mothers to have great affection for their daughter(s), but Juliet receives more affection from the nurse that raised her rather than her mother. The Nurse shows Juliet great affection and love, while Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet, barely knows anything about her own daughter, Juliet. The Nurse raised Juliet since she was an infant while Lady Capulet, a member of the nobility, spent very little time with Juliet as her priorities were attending social events, entertaining and spending time away on vacations. In Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”, the Nurse foils Lady Capulet by her relationship and affection towards Juliet showing Lady Capulet as the ultimate "Ice Queen" who cares more about her social status than her own daughter's happiness. The Nurse foils Lady Capulet by her relationship with Juliet.
This exchange of information shows that the nurse wants Romeo to know how Juliet feels because she wants them to stay together. Later, when Juliet is convinced that she is in love with Romeo, the nurse tells her she made the wrong choice. She says, “Well, you have made a simple choice; you know how to/ choose a man: Romeo! / ... he is not the flower of courtesy” (40). The nurse is now saying that she thinks Juliet made the wrong choice choosing Romeo and she should have chosen her family's recommendation, Paris.
Juliet, not knowing what to do, asks her nurse, who is her closest family member, who she should be with. The nurse who was originally on team Romeo and Juliet, has now decided Juliet should be with Paris. In the 1996 version of Romeo & Juliet by Baz Luhrmann the Nurse gives Juliet a big speech. She says that she might be a better fit with Paris. That makes Juliet mad and Juliet calls her a
The Nurse on numerous occasions helps Juliet’s in her schemes to meet Romeo. For instance, she says, “Your lady mother is coming to your chamber. / The day is broke; be wary; look about.” (Shakespeare 3.5.39-40) This quote shows the Nurse warning Juliet that her mother was coming when the newlyweds were consummating.
“Good Heart, and faith I will tell her as much/ Lord, Lord, she will be a joyful woman” (II.4.163-164). What the nurse means by that is she has a message from Romeo to give to Juliet ,and she knows Juliet will be excited to receive it. Juliet's nurse is agreeing with their young forsaken love, this is the nurse's first mistake. Keeping a secret from the enemy families is a lot of weight on her
In the story Juliet’s caretaker,the nurse, they have a stronger bond than Juliet has with her own mother. Because of this Juliet is closer to the Nurse than her mother and the Nurse can influence her decisions because of their bond, the Nurse plays a key part in uniting Romeo and Juliet. One Way Juliet is closer to the Nurse is because the nurse raised Juliet ever since she was a baby “ And she was weaned—I never shall forget it, Of all the days of the year, upon that day. For I had then laid wormwood to my dug, Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall.
The nurse believes that Juliet should wed Romeo although they come from conflicting families, “I think it best you married with the country. O, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishclout to him” (iii. v. 218-221). Correspondingly, the nurse isn’t realizing the long term effects between the feuding families if Juliet was to marry Romeo.
To commence, the Nurse can be argued to be the one to blame for the death of the pair due to the numerous occasions she helps Juliet’s in her schemes to meet Romeo. For instance, she says, “Your lady mother is coming to your chamber. / The day is broke; be wary; look about.” (Shakespeare 3.5.39-40) This quote demonstrates the Nurse warning Juliet
In this case, it seems that Juliet has not had as much bonding with her Lady Capulet as much as she has with the nurse. Lady Capulet has always needed a person to help her even when it is something that she has been doing for years. Some people may argue that she doesn’t take care of her child as much
Lastly, Shakespeare uses Romeo and Juliet to show true love. Nurse shows parental love to Juliet throughout the play. Despite being a servant to the Capulet household, she has a role equivalent to that of Juliet’s mothers and regards Juliet as her own. Even with the fact that Nurse is not the birth mother of Juliet, she still treats Juliet like a daughter. Nurse cares about Juliet and wants her to be happy and find success.”
Friendships are tested in many ways. Often, close friends, will come to each other with their darkest secrets, secrets that could be harmful to themself or others, for example, an eating disorder. In these times, the recipient of the secret is faced with a dangerous choice- to betray the friends loyalty and trust by seeking help, or stand back and watch the situation unfold, potentially ending in calamity. Oftentimes, teenagers especially feel bound to keep the others secret, no matter what problems arise. This is an example of the perils of excessive loyalty. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare warns about the dangers of extreme loyalty through the behavior of Romeo and Juliet.