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Romeo and Juliet : The Nurse

Mrs. Kaiser's Class - Exploring Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Juliet's Nurse

The Nurse is one of the funniest characters in the play and one of the most disturbing. She and Juliet have what seems to be a gossiping, pillow-fighting sort of relationship at the beginning of the play. The Nurse, along with Friar Laurence, is one of the facilitators of Juliet's relationship with Romeo.

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Juliet's Nurse

The Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

A loyal maternal figure and friend to Juliet, who provides moral guidance and practical advice having breast fed and brought Juliet up from birth. She knows Juliet better than any other and provides comic relief in the play with her bawdy sense of humor. The Nurse does not really understand Juliet’s desire to be taken over completely by love but despite this, assists her in attaining it. The Nurse has a disagreement with Juliet near the end of the play which demonstrates her lack of understanding about the intensity of Juliet’s feelings.