How is the nurse an important asset to Juliet?

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The nurse is arguably Juliet’s most important asset in the play, Romeo and Juliet, as the nurse on Juliet’s side. When Juliet marries Romeo in secret, the nurse is privy to this information; in fact, Juliet never would have found out details about where and when to meet Romeo were it not for the nurse. Since the nurse knows about the secret marriage, she instantly becomes Juliet’s ally. She goes to Friar Laurence’s cell to find out news of Romeo. She warns Juliet before her mother arrives in her room, ensuring that Romeo can escape in time. She also encourages Juliet to marry Paris when it seems all other options have been extinguished. It is at this moment that Juliet severs her alliance with the nurse and decides to go to Friar Laurence for help. All in all, it is obvious that given the time period and societal restrictions of/for girls, that Juliet could not have married and seen Romeo without the nurse’s help.