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From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, when Nurse says that Paris is a flower, what does she mean by this metaphor?

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The nurse appears to have a fairly superficial understanding of what's attractive in a man. It's also clear that she hasn't really given much thought to how Paris should be described; her gushing descriptions of him appear rather forced and spontaneous. As far as she's concerned, Paris is just an incredibly good-looking young man, the kind of man that Juliet should be falling over herself to marry. So the nurse describes Paris in terms that would suggest absolute physical perfection. He is not just "a man of wax," but also "a very flower."

It's ironic that the nurse's ideal of a suitor is somewhat less mature, less sophisticated than that of Juliet. Despite being much older, the nurse still seems pretty shallow when it comes to the business of choosing a mate. And despite the best efforts of the nurse and

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