The nurse in the kitchen with the knife! (Clue, Pratt, 1944) The nurse was just one of many people who killed Romeo and Juliet. She had taken it upon herself to help and encourage Juliet to marry Romeo. The nurse was often times Juliet’s only friend, and she had taken this role of friendship over her duty to the Capulet family. The nurse’s decision to do so helped cause Romeo and Juliet to end their lives. Well, sir; my mistress is the sweetest lady- Lord,
Lord! when ‘twas a little prating thing,- O, there is a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard; but she, good soul, had as lief see a toad, a
very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes and tell
her that Paris is the properer man; but, I’ll warrant
you, when I say so, she looks as pale as any clout in
the versal world. (Act 2, Sc 4, ln 191-198)
The nurse begins by telling Romeo about Juliet as a child. She suddenly remembers to warn Romeo that a man by the name of Paris wishes to court Juliet. The nurse also tells Romeo that Juliet does not like Paris, and that she sees him as a toad. She continues by mentioning how Juliet gets angry when the nurse tells her Paris is the better man for her. Based off of this, the audience can now see that the nurse is on Romeo and Juliet’s side and is helping Romeo succeed in marrying Juliet. The nurse becomes a messenger between the forbidden couple and makes several attempts to help. This later proves disastrous because when the nurse got involved she encouraged them to get married which only added fuel to the fire. Had the nurse told Lord and Lady Capulet what was going on with the couple, Romeo and Juliet’s deaths could have been prevented.
Lord Capulet in the dining room with the candlestick! (Clue, Pratt, 1944) Lord Capulet held a very large role in killing Romeo and Juliet. He decided since Juliet was mourning over the death of Tybalt, that he should force a marriage upon her to cheer her up. When she refused him, he then threatens to disown her. But, an you will not wed, I’ll pardon you.
Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.
Look to ’t, think on ’t, I do not use to jest.
Thursday is near; lay hand on heart, advise.