In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, what is the nurse's view of Juliet?"Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed / An' I might live to see thee married once.."

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In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse is a mother-figure to Juliet. The Nurse loves Juliet as a daughter and has raised and nurtured her since birth. She dotes on Juliet and brags about her as a proud mother would do. The Nurse is warm, understanding, and compassionate. She listens to Juliet and gives her advice when she needs it, as a concerned mother would do. Juliet feels comfortable with the Nurse and doesn't go to her real mother when she needs something. This is because Lady Capulet is the complete opposite of the Nurse. Lady Capulet is cold and not compassionate when it comes to Juliet's feelings. One reason the Nurse has such affection for Juliet, other than she has raised her since birth, is that the Nurse lost a daughter at the of 13 (almost 14), which is the same age Juliet is during the play.