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How does the Nurse feel about Romeo and Juliet's marriage in act 2, scene 5?

The Nurse is very much in favor of Romeo and Juliet's marriage, as she indicates in act 2, scene 5 by her praise of Romeo, her urging of Juliet to go to Friar Laurence's cell to get married to Romeo, and volunteering to find a rope ladder that Romeo can use to climb up to Juliet's bedroom after the marriage.

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The Nurse has cared for Juliet since she was born, and she thinks of her as her own child. The Nurse actually lost her own child, Susan, at the time that Juliet was born, and the Nurse essentially adopted Juliet in Susan's place.

NURSE. Susan and she (God rest all Christian souls!)
Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God;
She was too good for me (1.3.22–24).

When Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, tells Juliet that Paris wants to marry her, the Nurse is complimentary of Paris, but only superficially so. The Nurse thinks that Paris is very attractive—at least she says he is—but she doesn't have very much else to say about him.

LADY CAPULET. ...The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.

NURSE. A man, young lady! lady, such a man
As all the world—why he's a man of wax.

LADY CAPULET. Verona's summer hath not such a flower.

NURSE. Nay, he's a flower, in faith—a very flower (1.3.78–82).

The Nurse says that Paris is as physically perfect as a sculpture, or perhaps as beautiful as a flower, and that's...

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