Parental Love In Romeo And Juliet

What are some good quotes that represent the theme of parental love in Romeo and Juliet, particularly in Act 2?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This is a good question but a bit tricky.  It is Juliet's Nurse who offers the best example of parental love even though Juliet is not biologically her child.  The Nurse protects, dotes, and loves her charge with a zeal Lady Capulet has never expressed for her daughter.

For example, when Romeo begins to make noises about his infatuation, the Nurse is the first to test and challenge his intentions.  She warns:

"....But first, let me tell ye, if you should lead

her in a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very

gross kind of behavior, as they say; for the

gentlewoman is young.  And therefore, if you should

deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be

offered any gentlewoman and a very weak dealing"  (2.5.152-167).

The Nurse also shows her long-term love for Juliet in a maternal way.   Her continued desire to protect the young girl and wish to see her happy seems motherly as well.  Continuing her conversation with Romeo, the Nurse tells him,

"Well, sir, my mistress is the sweetest Lady.  Lord,

Lord!  When 'twas a little prating thing -- O, there

is a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain

lay knife aboard; but she, good soul, had as lief see

a toad, a very toad, as see him.  I anger her some-

times and tell her that Paris is a proper man,

but I'll warrant you, when I say so she looks as pale

as any clout in the versal world"  (2.5.195-202).