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What advice does the Nurse give to Juliet?

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The Nurse has looked after Juliet from her babyhood, and she is extremely supportive of Juliet throughout, to the extent that Juliet seems to trust her more than she does her own mother. Throughout the early part of the play, the Nurse is supportive of Juliet's love for Romeo, which she has been told about in confidence; she even knows that Juliet and Romeo have been married in secret. This makes the advice she gives to Juliet in Act 3, scene 5 particularly difficult for Juliet to accept.

Juliet asks for some "comfort" from her Nurse because of the fact that Romeo, now her husband, has been banished. Instead of offering any real comfort, the Nurse tells her that she should be "married with the county." She is suggesting that Juliet commit bigamy, for purely practical reasons which do not take into account Juliet's feelings. The Nurse says that because Romeo is banished and is therefore "nothing" to Juliet, it is the best thing she could do to marry Paris, by comparison with whom Romeo is a mere "dishclout." She is trying to comfort Juliet as best she knows how: by saying that Romeo isn't particularly great anyway and that Paris is "lovely" and will be a good match for her. However, Juliet clearly feels rather betrayed by this advice.

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The nurse advises Juliet a couple of times in this play.  She says that Juliet should consider Paris at the party - "Why he's a man of wax.."  Later she tells Juliet that she should forget about Romeo, the relationship is as good as dead, and marry Paris. "Then, sine the case so stands as now it doth, I think it best you married with the county."

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in Act III, Scene 5, the nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris instead of Romeo, because Romeo is banished and Paris is, in her words “a lovely gentleman.”

This is crucial because up until this point, Juliet had trusted the Nurse with her secrets and accepted her advice. After the suggestion to marry Paris, the trust is broken and Juliet seeks advice from the Friar instead.

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jess1999 | Student

The nurse advice Juliet that she should just forget and marry Paris instead considering that Romeo is banished from the city , and Paris is a decent gentleman .

kath555554444 | Student

The advice Nurse gives to Juliet is to just marry Paris instead of Romeo.

She gave this advice because Juliet has already been scolded badly by her father, she doesn't want any more troubles and the Nurse thinks Paris is a perfect guy and also believes it would be more beneficial to the family.

dramaqueen | Student

That she must forget romeo and married paris!