The Nurse, Romeo and Juliet

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The nurse is the Capulet’s servant, a faithful servant who tries her hardest to please Juliet and the rest the Capulet’s at the same time. The nurse is also a very important character in the play in the Capulet’s lives as she was hired for the job of breastfeeding Juliet, because she had unwanted breast milk due to the tragic loss of her little Susan; although she might just be another servant in the household, she has a far more superior responsibility. She plays an important role as Juliet’s confidant, and a crucial character that strongly influences Juliet’s thoughts and actions. The relationship between The Nurse and Juliet is even seen to be stronger than Juliet and her own mother’s relationship. We meet the nurse for the very first time in Act 1 scene 3, when lady Capulet announces to Juliet the marriage proposal of Lord Paris, and immediately we the nurse’s her loving side as she begins to talk about Juliet when she was a baby and gives a longwinded and explicit explanation on Juliet’s age, and that the death of Susan has bought her even closer to Juliet. “Even or odd, of all days in the year, Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen. Susan and she,--God rest all Christian souls!-- Were of an age: well, Susan is with God; She was too good for me:--but, as I said, On Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen; That shall she, marry; I remember it well. 'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years; And she was wean'd,--I never shall forget it--, Of all the days of the year, upon that day: For I had then laid wormwood to my dug, Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall; My lord and you were then at Mantua: Nay, I do bear a brain:--but, as I said, When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool, To see it tetchy, and fall out with the dug! Shake, quoth the dove-house: 'twas no need, I trow, To bid me trudge. And since that time it is eleven years; For then she could stand alone; nay, by the rood She could have run...
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