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The Nurse

Extended Character Analysis

Juliet’s nurse is a servant in the Capulet family who wet nursed Juliet as an infant and has raised her ever since. After the death of her infant daughter, Susan, the Nurse treats Juliet as her own daughter. She serves as Juliet’s main confidante and companion; Juliet trusts her nurse with her most intimate secrets. After the ball, Juliet recruits her nurse for help and asks her to meet Romeo and discover his intentions. Later, the Nurse brings Romeo to Juliet and helps the two consummate their marriage. She even warns the two lovers after their night together that Lady Capulet is approaching Juliet’s bedroom. She supports Juliet after the fiery Lord Capulet scolds Juliet for refusing to marry Paris. Although Lord Capulet verbally assaults the Nurse, she still defends and consoles Juliet.

In contrast to Juliet, who is contemplative, intense, and practical, the Nurse is talkative,...

(The entire section is 310 words.)