Romeo and Juliet

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The Nurse Character Analysis

The Nurse is a servant who nursed Juliet as a baby (the Nurse's own baby died just before Juliet was born), and raised her through childhood. She is Juliet's best friend and confidante, and in many ways is more her mother than Lady Capulet is. The Nurse can be quite sentimental, but also tends to go on and on with bawdy and sometimes embarrassing stories. Though the Nurse will do anything for Juliet, and helps Juliet to marry Romeo, in the end she proves herself to be pragmatic when it comes to love.
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The Nurse Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet

The timeline below shows where the character The Nurse appears in Romeo and Juliet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 3
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Just before the masquerade, Lady Capulet asks the Nurse to find Juliet. Juliet enters. Lady Capulet dismisses the Nurse, then immediately calls her back.... (full context)
Act 1, scene 5
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The Nurse interrupts, calling Juliet to her mother. Romeo learns from the Nurse that Juliet's a Capulet.... (full context)
Act 2, scene 2
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As the Nurse calls from Juliet's room, Juliet hurriedly asks Romeo, if his "love be honorable" (2.1.185), to... (full context)
Act 2, scene 4
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The Nurse appears, looking for Romeo. For fun, Mercutio compares the Nurse to a prostitute for a... (full context)
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The Nurse threatens some dire response if Romeo means to mislead Juliet. But Romeo says that if... (full context)
Act 2, scene 5
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Juliet waits impatiently for the Nurse to return, and maligns "old folks" as "unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead" (2.4.14–15).... (full context)
Act 3, scene 2
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The Nurse runs in crying and shouting "He's dead!" (3.2.36). Juliet thinks Romeo has killed himself, and... (full context)
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The Nurse in her grief starts calling out Tybalt's name. Juliet realizes there's been a mistake. The... (full context)
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Juliet tells the Nurse to find Romeo and bid him come that night to her room so that they... (full context)
Act 3, scene 3
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There is a knock on the door. Romeo hides. Friar Laurence lets in the Nurse. Romeo believes Juliet must think him a murderer and tries to stab himself. The Nurse... (full context)
Act 3, scene 5
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The Nurse enters and warns that Lady Capulet is approaching Juliet's room. Romeo hurries down the rope... (full context)
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Juliet asks the Nurse for advice. The Nurse says that Romeo is banished and unlikely to return, so she... (full context)
Act 4, scene 2
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...decides to move the wedding up a day to Wednesday, which is tomorrow. Juliet and Nurse go to Juliet's room to pick out clothes for Juliet to wear. (full context)
Act 4, scene 3
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After selecting clothes for the wedding, Juliet asks the Nurse and Lady Capulet to let her spend the night before her wedding alone. (full context)
Act 4, scene 4
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As the Capulet household readies for the wedding the following morning, Capulet sends the Nurse to wake Juliet. But Juliet is dead. The Nurse, Lady Capulet, and Capulet cry out... (full context)