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Romeo and Juliet Questions - Shmoop

18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: User1490476675 | Category: Cite database research paper

Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet's bawdy, lower-class nurse? It's comic gold : she's a lower-class women, so that's already funny; and she's a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

The Nurse and Juliet may have a loving, teasing sort of relationship at the beginning of the play, but when Juliet needs her most—after her parents order her to marry Paris—the Nurse betrays her. Romeo is as good as dead, the Nurse tells Juliet, and she had better forget him and marry Paris. So, is the nurse as responsible for Juliet's death? Is she going to be one of the people "punished," as the Prince says at the end? Maybe. We have two questions to settle. Let's start with the easy one:

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    User1489767764 18 Jan 2017 08:13

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s bawdy, lower-class nurse? It''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s comic gold : she''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s a lower-class women, so that''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s already funny; and she''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

    In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.

    Romeo , the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

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    User1487793414 18 Jan 2017 08:08

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s bawdy, lower-class nurse? It''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s comic gold : she''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s a lower-class women, so that''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s already funny; and she''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

    In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.

    Romeo , the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

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    The prologue is designed to introduce the play. It tells us that this play takes place in Verona and at the center of this story are two lovers who belong to feuding families.

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    beautifulmeercat406 18 Jan 2017 03:34

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''''''''''''''''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''''''''''''''''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet''''''''s bawdy, lower-class nurse? It''''''''s comic gold : she''''''''s a lower-class women, so that''''''''s already funny; and she''''''''s a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird''''''''s nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

    In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.

    Romeo , the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

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    Кирилл Деменченко 18 Jan 2017 02:35

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet's bawdy, lower-class nurse? It's comic gold : she's a lower-class women, so that's already funny; and she's a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird's nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

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    User1488794847 18 Jan 2017 03:02

    Has someone told you it is significant? Consider the differences in both family affiliation and status between Juliet s nurse and Romeo. Where would they ever have met before? I doubt that he hangs out at the "middle aged Nurses club" very often. And I doubt the Nurse hangs out at the "Friends of Montague Bar" on her time off. Even Juliet doesn t know who he is, and they are the same age and class, so why would anyone expect her servant to recognize him? Here is the section you are referring to: "JULIET Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman? NURSE The son and heir of old Tiberio. JULIET What’s he that now is going out of door? NURSE Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio. JULIET What’s he that follows here, that would not dance? NURSE I know not. JULIET Go ask his name.—If he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed." There are implied stage directions here, something Shakespeare did quite often. The party is breaking up, the guests are milling around, saying goodbye and getting out the door. Juliet points in the direction of the crowd and their discussion is sort of, "Who s that?" "That guy?" "No, that guy". "That guy?" No, THAT guy!" It has nothing to do with the Nurse s age or her eyesight and I don t know where you heard that. There is nothing in the text to support that conclusion.

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    redfish540 18 Jan 2017 00:55

    The nurse acts like a more motherly figure towards Juliet. She is one of the messengers between Romeo and Juliet, which shows she isn t interested in how rich Romeo is, or how he is an old enemy, but she just wants Juliet to be happy (unlike Lord Capulet). By being a messenger, she is risking her job--what if the Capulets saw her? She is the first to find Juliet dead: it was her daily job to go into her room and wake her up. This again shows her motherly nature towards Juliet. In one of the scenes, Lady Capulet decided to talk to Juliet about Count Paris. Initially, she shooed the Nurse away, wanting a private discussion, but as the Nurse exited, she changed her mind and called the Nurse back. This shows Lady Capulet seeing the Nurse as a person who can calm Juliet down, and someone Juliet would listen to. She also acts like a neutral character. The Nurse changed after the death of Juliet. She was the most heartbroken, and it was said in the play that she viewed Juliet as her own daughter and fed her from her own breast, like her own child. Hope this helps! :)

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    User1489976201 18 Jan 2017 07:10

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet''''''''''''''''s bawdy, lower-class nurse? It''''''''''''''''s comic gold : she''''''''''''''''s a lower-class women, so that''''''''''''''''s already funny; and she''''''''''''''''s a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird''''''''''''''''s nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

    In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.

    Romeo , the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

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    bluebear323 18 Jan 2017 06:16

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''''''''''''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''''''''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''''''''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet''''s bawdy, lower-class nurse? It''''s comic gold : she''''s a lower-class women, so that''''s already funny; and she''''s a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird''''s nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

    In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.

    Romeo , the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

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    yellowelephant345 18 Jan 2017 07:44

    A symbol in Romeo and Juliet in act 3 is the ring. After Romeo kills Tybalt and then Romeo is banished, Juliet tells the nurse to go find him and then she gives her her wedding ring. Giving the ring has a sexual meaning. If you think about putting a ring on, it is like sex. Please don t make me explain this. Just think about it. I know, Shakespeare had a dirty mind. Sorry I had to explain this, but that is what the ring means. Hope this helps :)

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    redcat284 17 Jan 2017 22:32

    In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.

    We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.

    2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.

    3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare''''''''s great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?

    Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse, where''''s my daughter? call her forth to me.
    Nurse Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
    I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where''''s this girl? What, Juliet!

    Enter JULIET

    Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it

    Even a tragedy needs some comic relief, and who better than Juliet''s bawdy, lower-class nurse? It''s comic gold : she''s a lower-class women, so that''s already funny; and she''s a nurse, which means all she can talk about are bodies—bodies having sex, bodies having babies, bodies nursing babies. Not to mention, she has a real way with the dirty jokes, like this one:

    I must another way,
    To fetch a ladder by the which your love
    Must climb a bird''s nest soon when its dark. (2.5.77-79)

    In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.

    Romeo , the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.