Why is Juliet so impatient for the Nurse to return? What piece of news has upset Juliet the most? Explain Romeo's reaction to the news of his banishment.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Juliet is eager for her nurse to return because she awaits news of Romeo's next visit. However, the Nurse comes back with doubly distressing news in Act 3.2. Aware of the Nurse's frantic appearance, Juliet pleads (line 36): "Ay me, what news? Why dost thou wring thy hands?" The nurse wails, "Ay weraday, he's dead, he's dead, he's dead!"

Juliet fears that it is her Romeo that has been slain, but then learns of her cousin Tybault's death. She experiences simultaneous grief and relief, but soon after learns the devestating news: it is Romeo who has taken Tybault's life. The Prince has ordered Romeo banished.

Juliet takes the news badly, to say the least. In lines 124-126 she mourns, "Romeo is banihsed./There is no end, no limit, measure, bound,/In that word's death."

Quickly she decides all is lost: "Come, cords, Nurse, I'll to my wedding bed,/And death, not Romeo take my maidenhead."

Romeo hardly does better: "Banished?/O Friar, the damned use that word in hell." (Act 3.3.46-48)

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team