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In Act 3, Scene 5, what advice is the nurse giving and why? How does this relate to...

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vampireacadem... | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM via web

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In Act 3, Scene 5, what advice is the nurse giving and why? How does this relate to previous events and influence future events?

Nurse:

Faith, here it is.
Romeo is banish'd; and all the world to nothing,
That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you;
Or, if he do, it needs must be by stealth.
Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
I think it best you married with the county.
O, he's a lovely gentleman!
Romeo's a dishclout to him: an eagle, madam,
Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
I think you are happy in this second match,
For it excels your first: or if it did not,
Your first is dead; or 'twere as good he were,
As living here and you no use of him.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The nurse is advising Juliet to forget about Romeo:

Romeo is banish'd; and all the world to nothing,
That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you.

Juliet has an offer of marriage from Paris, an offer her parents want her to accept. She compares Romeo to Paris here:

Romeo's a dishclout to him: an eagle, madam,
Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
As Paris hath.

Where Romeo is nothing more than a dishcloth, Paris is like an eagle.

According to the nurse, Paris is actually a better match for Juliet. Since Romeo is banished she will have “no use of him” of anyway.

Up until this point, the nurse has been Juliet’s confidant. This changes after this scene however. Juliet tells the nurse that tomorrow she will go Friar Laurence’s cell to confess and seek absolution. This further isolates Juliet in her own house. She is now alone. Only Friar Laurence will know of her situation.

Perhaps if Juliet had had someone to confide in she would have made different decisions.

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