How are Lord Capulet and the Nurse different in Romeo and Juliet?I need a personality/character trait of Capulet that CONTRASTS with a character trait of the Nurse.   It can be any personality...

How are Lord Capulet and the Nurse different in Romeo and Juliet?

I need a personality/character trait of Capulet that CONTRASTS with a character trait of the Nurse.

 

It can be any personality trait. Like: impulsive, etc..

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To underscore the excellent answer above, the scene in which the Nurse discovers Juliet "dead" is very telling of the natures of her and of Lord Capulet.  In Scene 5 of Act IV, the Nurse enters and finds that she cannot rouse Juliet.  She exclaims,

Alas, alas!  Help, help! My lady's dead!

Oh, welladay that ever I was born!....

Oh, lamentable day!....

Oh me, oh me! My child, my only life.

Revive, look up, or I will die with thee. (IV,v,15-22)

When Lord Capulet enters, he claims that Death

...hath ta'en her hence to make me wail,

Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak....

Death is my heir,  I will die,

And leave him all--life, living, all is Death's....

O child!...My soul, and not my child!

Dead art thou!  Alack, my child is dead,

And with my child my joys are buried. (IV, v,37-67)

So, while both the Nurse and Lord Capulet cry that they, too, will die, Lord Capulet demonstrates more selfishness in his laments, stating that his joys will now be gone as Juliet has died.  He thinks of his lineage and how the wedding will now turn to a funeral:  "Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast."  All the sentiments of Lord Capulet contain his own reflection in them.

On the other hand, the Nurse simply expresses her deep sorrow and dismay, wishing herself dead if she no longer can be with Juliet.  She thinks of nothing else, only "her child."

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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More so than anything else, the Nurse acts in such a way to protect Juliet's emotional happiness. Lord Capulet acts relative to Juliet in ways to protect his own happiness.

The Nurse wants Juliet to be happy. The Nurse's actions--from arranging the marriage of Romeo and Juliet to facilitating the rope latter that brings Romeo to her on her wedding night--are all based on her love and care for Juliet. Even when she suggests to Juliet that she should forget her marriage to Romeo and marry Paris, it is only because Romeo has been banished and the Nurse does not want to see Juliet live an unhappy life waiting for Romeo to return.

On the other hand, Lord Capulet seems bent only on his own happiness and his gain in reputation through Juliet's impending marriage. Although he suggests that he is sensitive to her needs (i.e. his suggestion to Paris that Juliet is "still a child in this world" and should wait two more years to marry), this seems to be superficial. Capulet sees his daughter as yet another possession that serves his desires and happiness.

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