Dossier: The Nurse

Anya Scoble-Hansen

character introduction

The Nurse's first scene is Act I, Scene iii. She is with Lady Capulet, and is told to fine Juliet. She calls Juliet, and listens to the conversation between Juliet and her mother, occasionally interrupting.


The Nurse is a servant, and wears scruffy clothes. She has a long skirt and a long sleeved top, with an apron over the top. These are once-white clothes, now having lots of dirt and stains. The colour has faded to a creamy colour.

She has long, dirty brown hair, tied into a tight bun. Her face is weathered, but kind, and showing wrinkles. She is quite plump. She is often quite red in the face.


When the Nurse speaks, she can get quite distracted, and goes on long winded explanations and goes off topic (32 lines to say "Juliet is nearly 14 years old).

She dearly loves Juliet, and her love is returned, and always wishes the best for her. If Juliet is upset, so is the Nurse. The Nurse's care for Juliet often comes before her own good, showing her kind hearted self.

Despite being quite plump and red in the face, the Nurse doesn't care and doesn't let it bother her.

The Nurse always acts with Juliet in mind, so as the Nurse you must care for Juliet and Juliet must be your entire world


Juliet thinks very highly of the Nurse, who is her best and only friend.

Juliet's relationship with the Nurse is one of the more loving relationships in the play. As the Nurse, you must clearly show your love and protectiveness to Juliet.

The teenage boys don't treat the Nurse very well. When the Nurse asks her man, Peter, for her fan, Mercutio says "Good Peter, to hide her face. For her fan's the fairer face", and throughout the whole encounter they are generally rude to her.

The Nurse is a servant of the Capulet household, so therefore the feud affects her greatly. For instance, she's loyal to the Capulets, and "against" the Montagues. However, you do not openly fight the Montagues, mainly because you are a woman, and attend to Juliet and stay in the house.


In the play the Nurse is represented as a maternal figure, more caring and kind and motherly than either of the ladies. As the Nurse, you must be a caring mother-like figure