Essay about How the Nurse Feels

1736 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
The short story “How the Nurse Feels” by Greg Changnon was first published in 1998. It treats of universal themes such as growing up and how the transition from child to adult is not always an easy or desired process. The adult world can seem alien and impossible to identify with but through the story it is told how a single event can alter the perception of it. It also deals with the boundary between fiction and reality which can be quite blurred especially at this transitioning age. While fiction can help us understanding the world around us, the short story also stresses the importance of life experience in order to fully understand the fiction. These are all things the main character, Tess, has to deal with.

Tess is playing the Nurse
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However, she has no problem understanding the character of Juliet as the two of them have quite many similarities – like Juliet, Tess wants to follow her dreams and yearns for a life far away from her parents and their expectations: “Both my parents think that after college I will come back and take over Mother’s fabric store, but they have no idea. If I could leave now I would do it in a flash […] Instead, I have to sleep in a pink satin bedroom designed by my mother”3. Tess feels trapped in a world controlled by her parents and fears the future they seem to have decided for her. Her description of Juliet applies to herself as well: “Ruled by her parents and led by her heart.”4 To create excitement in her boring world, she undertakes the role of Juliet and assigns some of the other characters to the people around her. To Tess, Tiger De Soto, who plays the Apothecary in the play, represents the character of Romeo – though he is marijuana selling troubled kid, Tess’ idea of him is far more romantic; he is a guy with the guts to stand up to moral codes and break free from his parents and the monotony of daily life. She develops a crush on him while talking to him on the phone about rehearsals being cancelled because of the weather: “There’s four miles of hard packed snow between us but I’ve never felt so close”5. He plays the guitar on his end and Tess listens…

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