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The nurse is one of shakepeare's great comic characters.  Do you think the nurse is a...

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bergcar | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:04 AM via web

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The nurse is one of shakepeare's great comic characters.  Do you think the nurse is a principled character?

a person with a strong sense of right and wrong? or does she seem to be easily corrpted someone who will do whatever people want her to do find passages to support you answer

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Rather than frame it in terms of a sense of right and wrong, I would suggest that the nurse is a very practical person who sees things in terms of what is going to be the best in a given situation.

She is certainly devoted to Juliet and demonstrates her loyalty time and again but not always in the way that someone might expect.  She doesn't necessarily follow Juliet's desires because she wants to do what she thinks is best for her.  When she sees that Romeo is banished, she counsels Juliet to simply marry Paris.  Since Romeo is banished, what does it matter since no one knows about it anyway.  Of course Juliet can't consider anything else because she is caught up in the passion of everything but the nurse is thinking practically and arguably in a far more wise manner.

So while she is generally willing to do what Juliet asks, she will stand up to her and at least push for what she thinks is the best course of action before giving in to do the will of her lady.


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