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Why is Juliet impatient for her nurse to return(in Act 3, Scene 2), and later, what...

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firecrackersa... | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM via web

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Why is Juliet impatient for her nurse to return(in Act 3, Scene 2), and later, what does her nurse promise to do.

Also, please explain Juliet's changing attitude toward Romeo in this scene.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 31, 2010 at 12:32 PM (Answer #1)

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Juliet is impatient for her nurse to return because her nurse has been with Romeo.  She is supposed to be bringing to Juliet the rope ladder so Romeo can come up and be with her.  But also, Juliet just wants to hear Romeo's name.

Her attitude towards Romeo changes during this scene because she learns that he has killed Tybalt.  So at first she gets really mad at Romeo.  She says all kinds of bad things about him.  But then her nurse says bad stuff about Romeo and Juliet starts defending him.  Juliet says that he is her husband and that Tybalt would probably have killed Romeo if he could have.  The reason her attitude keeps changing is because she's just dealing with the fact that one man she loved killed a dear relative of hers.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM (Answer #2)

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In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, the playwright uses the scene where Juliet is anxiously awaiting the return of her Nurse to have a little fun with Juliet and with the audience - and also to develop and display a little more of Juliet's character and personality. She is awaiting both news of Romeo and is also waiting to hear the Nurse's opinion of him. The minutes pass like hours and she is beginning to think to think that the Nurse will never get back. To make matters worse, the Nurse teases Juliet by drawing out her responses to the questions by resting herself after her exertions in the city and by deliberately confusing the answers. This allows us to see Juliet's reactions - those of a hot-headed but sweetly impulsive and naive teen young girl who has just fallen in love and is confused about her changing feelings.

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