NURSE

Juliet's Caretaker

What is it all about?

The play "Romeo and Juliet" is about two star-crossed lovers, and the tragic story of their death. The play is a captivating story that teaches us that people should do what they believe to be morally correct. Through out the script, Romeo and Juliet are both faced with many challenges in which they are forced to make what they think to be the right choice. The Nurse, Juliet's caretaker and mentor, also has to make many decisions based on her opinion of what is right. She does this by the advice she gives Juliet, and the risks that she takes to help Romeo and Juliet be together.

Act 1, Scene 3

One example of the Nurse trying to make the right decision is when she tells Juliet, "Go, girl, seek happy nights and happy days." (1008, l.115) The Nurse is doing what she thinks is right because she believes that you should marry someone because you are happy and in love, so she tells Juliet to consider her own happiness and feelings when agreeing to marriage.

Act 2, Scene 4

Another example would be when the Nurse says to Romeo, "As i told you, my young lady bade me inquire you out." (1036, l.168-169) Juliet had sent the nurse to go and deliver a message to Romeo about wedding plans. The Nurse agrees to deliver the message and talk to Romeo because she thinks that it is right for them to be together if they are really in love.

Act 3, Scene 3

In one scene, the Nurse tells Juliet, "I'll find Romeo to comfort you." (1055, l.150-151) Juliet was very upset because Romeo killed Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and was banished from Verona. The nurse knows that Romeo and Juliet love each other, and it must be hard for Juliet to lose her husband and her cousin. So she promises to get Romeo to comfort her because she thinks that is the right choice even though it is a risk.

Act 3, Scene 5

The Nurse makes another choice that she believes is right when she changes her mind and tells Juliet, "I think it best you married with the county, O, he's a lovely gentleman! Romeo's a dishclout to him." (1070, l.247-249) The Nurse says this because she decided that it would be best it Juliet follow her parents wishes and marry Paris. She thinks that Paris is more of a gentleman, and she believes Juliet would be better off.

Real Life Connection

One example of when people have to make a decision based on what they believe to be morally correct is when somebody witnesses another person doing something they know is wrong, like cheating on a test. They are forced to make a decision between telling the teacher or just letting it slide. The right decision would be to tell the teacher or whoever is in charge so the person doesn't get themselves into more trouble. While most people might make this choice, others may not see that as the right decision. It all depends on what they believe is the right thing to do.
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