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How does Romeo's treatment of the nurse in Act 2 scene 4, differ from that of Mercutio,...

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amy234 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 22, 2007 at 7:23 AM via web

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How does Romeo's treatment of the nurse in Act 2 scene 4, differ from that of Mercutio, demonstrate what Capulet said about him at the party?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 23, 2007 at 2:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Mercutio makes fun of the nurse, angering her. Romeo treats her seriously and is respectful and gracious.

In Act I Scene 5, Capulet says of Romeo:

He bears him like a portly gentleman;
And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-govern'd youth:
I would not for the wealth of all the town
Here in my house do him disparagement:

Romeo demonstrates he is virtuous and a gentleman with his fair treatment of the Nurse.

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shermaine | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2007 at 7:46 AM (Answer #2)

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Rome is seen as a gentleman and respects the Nurse while Mercutio is illmannered and makes sexual puns of the Nurse and doesn't respect her.

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