The Nurse

People should do anything they can to help people in love.

Act 1 Scene 3

In this scene, the nurse is talking to Juliet and Lady Capulet about Juliet being able to love and marry Lord Paris, saying "'Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.'" (Shakespeare p. 1008 lines 115-116). The nurse wants Juliet, the girl shes raised, to be happy and be married to someone that could make her happy

Act 2 Scene 4

In scene two, the nurse is talking to Romeo, trying to arrange a time that she can bring Juliet so the two lovers can be wed by the Friar. She asks the group of Montague, "'Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I may find the young Romeo?'" then later states, "'I will tell my lady that you do protest, which, as I take it, is a gentleman-like offer.'" (Shakespeare p. 1035 and 1036, lines 123 and 182). Juliet has sent the nurse on a journey to see Romeo and bring back news as to which the two will wed or not. She betrays the rest of the Capulet family in order to let Juliet and Romeo be happy together.

Act 3 Scene 3

And in this scene, Romeo tells the nurse to send word to Juliet that before he leaves he will visit her to say goodbye (for now). She gets smiles, exclaiming, "'O Lord, I could have stayed here all night to hear good council. O what learning is! My Lord, I'll tell my Lady that you will come.'" (Shakespeare p. 1060 lines 176-178). The nurse was waiting to find the Friar or Romeo before he left so that he and Juliet could have one last night together before he is sent away from home on exile. She would have waited until sunrise for one of the two to give her news about the deal.

Theme: Act 2 Scene 5

In the final scene of act two, the nurse is trying to get the two to the Friars cell so that he can wed them, stating to Juliet, "'There stays a husband to make you a wife...'" (Shakespeare p. 1040 line 74). She tells Juliet that Romeo is waiting for her to come to Friar Lawrence's cell so they can be married and be together officially, even though their parents would disagree with the decision.