The Role Of Nurse In Romeo And Juliet

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“For never was a story of more woe/ Than this of Juliet and her Romeo,” (Act V, Scene III, Lines 320-321.) A play of tragedy, love and maturing this is a writing piece of discovery that all people of any age can relate to. In Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, the two star-crossed lovers have many people to blame for decisions that lead to the tragic ending of their relationship. Once Juliet is born, her mother gives her a wet nurse, named Nurse, who plays a key part in Romeo and Juliet’s demise. Nurse does not know how to use her knowledge of Juliet’s personality to her benefit in situations. Juliet often has confusion and feels her fate confines her. For example, when Juliet’s parents abandon her once she tells them that she refuses to marry …show more content…
As Nurse says, “Your first is dead, or ‘twere as good he were/ As living here and you no use of him,” (Act III, Sc. V, Lines 237-238.) Revealing how the Nurse, who is usually very supportive of Juliet and understand her, does not truly put out the best opinions. Additionally, the nurse has a wavering mindset. Nurse will go along with one thing and quickly change her mind. Such as once Tybalt dies, Nurse takes no time to begin her bashing on Romeo to Juliet when she figures out Romeo was the one who slaysTybalt. Nurse utters to Juliet, “These griefs, these woes, these sorrows make me/ old. Shame come to Romeo,” (Act III, Sc. II, Lines 96-98.) The nurse does not think about how her words affect Juliet who is already dealing with so much. On another note, Nurse is too scared to speak up for Juliet, who is basically like a daughter to Nurse. Lady Capulet, Juliet’s mother, begins to try to be a mother when her daughter reaches an age which is suitable to be married in the Elizabethan era. Lady Capulet attempts to play the mother card to Nurse in order to kick her out of the room. The nurse does not fight to stay even when she knows she is more a mother figure to Juliet than her actual mother ever will be. Another instance is when Lord Capulet, Juliet’s father, yells at …show more content…
The Friar does not give concern for the wellbeing of individuals. The Friar when asked by Romeo to marry him and Juliet. He yells at Romeo with disgust at the mere idea, yet he still agrees to it. Furthermore, he explains that the only reason he is doing it is not for Romeo and Juliet, but for the citizens of Verona, Italy in the sixteenth century. Which he does verbally say, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be, For this alliance may so happy prove/ To turn your households’ rancor to pure love,” (Act II, Sc, III, Lines 97-99.) Also, Friar Lawrence fails to realize seriousness of situations similar to the nurse. When Friar John tells Friar Lawrence of how Romeo does not receive the letter he wastes time by telling Friar John to go get the tools he needs to save Juliet from being alone in the vault. Secondly, Friar spends his time talking to Romeo’s page, Balthasar after Balthasar tells him how Romeo turns up inside the vault, before his arrival. These two situations when Friar Lawrence wastes his time with talking to others or making them go and get the things when he may have been able to stop not one, but both. Finally, the Friar can allow his reputation to get the best of him. People of Verona know the Friar as one of the good guys. Yet, when Juliet discovers Romeo dead, Friar Lawrence does not take much time in trying to persuade Juliet to leave. He refuses to take any

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