What does the alienation of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, reveal about the surrounding society's assumptions and moral values?

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The nurse is one of the most important characters in the play, and fulfills an important role in the Capulet household. In fact, she can said to be considered the most trusted and most important servant in the household.

That said, she is and always will be a servant. Her own feelings are subservient to those of Juliet and her family. While she enjoys a close relationship with the family, she also is not given the respect that a non-servant would be given. The surrounding society very clearly ranks people by social class, and servants are close to the bottom.

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