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Nannies And Nurses In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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Nowadays, mothers are a very important figure in the lives of most people. Nannies, or nurses, are not typically someone who would take the actual place of a mother because the nurses are not always there for a child, but instead only looks after them. This isn’t always the case, in fact, in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, the nurse is someone who practically takes the place of Juliet’s mother. Throughout the play, she is very kind hearted and a mother like figure to Juliet. Her role during important events shows both her sentimentality and her personality. Although the nurse sometimes shows herself to be inappropriate, she proves to be a very nurturing figure because she is ...view middle of the document...

The nurse’s caring personality is evident in the things she says and does for the sake of others.
In addition to caring, the nurse’s personality can also be identified as motherly. As the nurse tells the story of Juliet as a child, she states that “thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed/ An I might live to see thee married once, / I have my wish” (I.III. 61-63). The nurse evidently has been there for important times in Juliet’s life and still wants to be there in the future. Weddings were very important in these times, and the nurse claims her wishes will be fulfilled when she sees Juliet get married. This reveals her motherly side because she is there for Juliet’s biggest moments in her life. Additionally, after the nurse discovers Juliet “dead” she expresses the grief she feels and says, “My child, my only life, / revive, look up, or I will die with thee!” (IV.V.19-20). The nurse sees Juliet, as her reason to live, and supposedly can’t live without her. Her apparent death has revealed the nurse’s motherly side, because mothers usually live for the well being of their kids. The nurse proves herself to be a motherly figure due to the feelings and position in Juliet’s life.
Finally, the nurse is characterized as a loyal person. As Juliet tries to find comfort in the nurse after the news of Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment, the nurse...

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