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Question: how far you think Shakespeare presents the Nurse as more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet.
• how Shakespeare presents Nurse in this extract;
• how Shakespeare presents the differences between the Nurse and Lady Capulet in the play as a whole.


As the Nurse recognises that Juliet will be 14 years old soon she goes back with her mind and tells us a story from Juliet's childhood.
It goes back to eleven years ago, Juliet was a baby and the Nurse would breastfeed her like she was her own daughter.
The Nurse repeats "I remember it very well" and "I never shall forget" showing us that this is a very vivid memory and she talks about it with love and a tone of melancholy which make it clear that this is a very important memory of baby Juliet.
This reflects te importance of the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, it is clear that they have a strong bond and the fact that the Nurse used to breastfeed her shows that Lady Capulet was not doing it. Thi tells us that Lady Capulet didn't grow any mother-daughter relationship with Juliet since the first moment of baby Juliet's life, therefore the Nurse is represented as more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet will ever be.

Furthermore, the Nurse mentions "My Lord and you were then at Mantua" this increases even more the idea tha Juliet's mother had nothing to do with her as a baby, the physical distance between the two - Juliet being in Verona and Lady Capulet being in Mantua- clearly shows an undeniable separation between them.
Finally, the memory ends up being the flashback of the day which Juliet stopped breastfeeding, as the Nurse put a bitter herb around her nipple, Juliet's reaction was a disgusted grin on her face, which make her stop wanting to eat from her breast.
The Nurse refers to this moment as "pretty fool" showing her playfuul and happy tone in recounting this event.

It is clear that the last day of brestfeeding Juliet is an important, tender and vivid memory that the Nurse has, it symbolises a point of Juliet's life where she grew up, which links to the reason why the Nurse is telling us this story; Juliet is soon to turn 14.
The fact that Lady Capulet would not even be able to recount such memory - or any other at all- makes it clear that the Nurse and Juliet had a strong bond of love since the first days of baby Juliet's life.

A scene which encourages the idea of Lady Capulet being distant from Juliet is when in act 1 scene 3 Lady Capulet wants to speak in private with Juliet and asks the Nurse to "give leave awhile." However, right away, Lady Capulet realises that the situation is too intimate and awkward, therefore she calls the Nurse back in. The fact that just by standing in the same room with Juliet alone makes her uncomfortable, shows us that Lady Capulet has no relationship with her own daughter, and she feels like being in the presence of a stranger.

In act 3 scene 5 we see Juliet ask Lady Capulet to help her and delay the wedding with Paris, her mother's response is very cold and tells her "Talk not to me... I have done with thee" . It is quite of a shock for Juliet and for a contemporary audience to see a mother being so uncaring towards her daughter's struggles.

Instead the Nurse represents a positive character that halps Juliet in different occasion. In act 2 scene 4 the Nurse helps Juliet by bringing a message to Romeo, the fact that Juliet trustes the Nurse and is able to talk to her about Romeo shows their close relationship with one another. Istead, the fact that Juliet keeps it as a secret from her mother increases the sense of distance between the two.
In act 2 scene 5 the Nurse is back with the new from Romeo. Here we see Juliet being really excited and childish, asking the Nurse to tell her Romeo's response. She's in fact, being quite rude and demanding of the Nurse "is they good news or bad news" Answer to that". Although she's being an impatient child towards the woman who raised her, the Nurse's patience remains intact and goes ahead telling Juliet about Romeo wanting to marry her.
This scene really reflects the motherhood aspect of the Nurse as she remians calm and understanding toward Juliet. Their relationship remains strong and in complete contrast to Lady Capulet's oblivious behaviour towards Juliet.
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Your essay seems really good, I'm not good at marking but my teacher gave me a checklist of stuff to include in writing (it's for 'An Inspector Calls' but if you change the dates and some themes it works for most English literature:

* context - stereotypes
* speech quotations
* stage direction quotations
* language analysis
* single word analysis
* character's contribution to the text
* link to the deadly sins
* link to the reaction of both audiences (1945 and 2018 (or whatever year))
* links between characters
* numerous adjectives to describe the character
* mature discourse markers - e.g. Furthermore, subsequently, whereas...
* links to other parts of the text
* link to socialism vs capitalism
* mention the playwright's views/purpose
* discussed the genre of the play
* comment on a structural feature of the play
* discussed how the play was performed
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Your essay seems really good, I'm not good at marking but my teacher gave me a checklist of stuff to include in writing (it's for 'An Inspector Calls' but if you change the dates and some themes it works for most English literature:

* context - stereotypes
* speech quotations
* stage direction quotations
* language analysis
* single word analysis
* character's contribution to the text
* link to the deadly sins
* link to the reaction of both audiences (1945 and 2018 (or whatever year))
* links between characters
* numerous adjectives to describe the character
* mature discourse markers - e.g. Furthermore, subsequently, whereas...
* links to other parts of the text
* link to socialism vs capitalism
* mention the playwright's views/purpose
* discussed the genre of the play
* comment on a structural feature of the play
* discussed how the play was performed
Thank you very much! I hope this can be like a 6
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Thank you very much! I hope this can be like a 6
thx for giving me the answer
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just joking seems pretty good.
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just joking seems pretty good.
Lol no prob thanks tho! I just needed some feedback
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Question: how far you think Shakespeare presents the Nurse as more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet.
• how Shakespeare presents Nurse in this extract;
• how Shakespeare presents the differences between the Nurse and Lady Capulet in the play as a whole.


As the Nurse recognises that Juliet will be 14 years old soon she goes back with her mind and tells us a story from Juliet's childhood.
It goes back to eleven years ago, Juliet was a baby and the Nurse would breastfeed her like she was her own daughter.
The Nurse repeats "I remember it very well" and "I never shall forget" showing us that this is a very vivid memory and she talks about it with love and a tone of melancholy which make it clear that this is a very important memory of baby Juliet.
This reflects te importance of the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, it is clear that they have a strong bond and the fact that the Nurse used to breastfeed her shows that Lady Capulet was not doing it. Thi tells us that Lady Capulet didn't grow any mother-daughter relationship with Juliet since the first moment of baby Juliet's life, therefore the Nurse is represented as more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet will ever be.

Furthermore, the Nurse mentions "My Lord and you were then at Mantua" this increases even more the idea tha Juliet's mother had nothing to do with her as a baby, the physical distance between the two - Juliet being in Verona and Lady Capulet being in Mantua- clearly shows an undeniable separation between them.
Finally, the memory ends up being the flashback of the day which Juliet stopped breastfeeding, as the Nurse put a bitter herb around her nipple, Juliet's reaction was a disgusted grin on her face, which make her stop wanting to eat from her breast.
The Nurse refers to this moment as "pretty fool" showing her playfuul and happy tone in recounting this event.

It is clear that the last day of brestfeeding Juliet is an important, tender and vivid memory that the Nurse has, it symbolises a point of Juliet's life where she grew up, which links to the reason why the Nurse is telling us this story; Juliet is soon to turn 14.
The fact that Lady Capulet would not even be able to recount such memory - or any other at all- makes it clear that the Nurse and Juliet had a strong bond of love since the first days of baby Juliet's life.

A scene which encourages the idea of Lady Capulet being distant from Juliet is when in act 1 scene 3 Lady Capulet wants to speak in private with Juliet and asks the Nurse to "give leave awhile." However, right away, Lady Capulet realises that the situation is too intimate and awkward, therefore she calls the Nurse back in. The fact that just by standing in the same room with Juliet alone makes her uncomfortable, shows us that Lady Capulet has no relationship with her own daughter, and she feels like being in the presence of a stranger.

In act 3 scene 5 we see Juliet ask Lady Capulet to help her and delay the wedding with Paris, her mother's response is very cold and tells her "Talk not to me... I have done with thee" . It is quite of a shock for Juliet and for a contemporary audience to see a mother being so uncaring towards her daughter's struggles.

Instead the Nurse represents a positive character that halps Juliet in different occasion. In act 2 scene 4 the Nurse helps Juliet by bringing a message to Romeo, the fact that Juliet trustes the Nurse and is able to talk to her about Romeo shows their close relationship with one another. Istead, the fact that Juliet keeps it as a secret from her mother increases the sense of distance between the two.
In act 2 scene 5 the Nurse is back with the new from Romeo. Here we see Juliet being really excited and childish, asking the Nurse to tell her Romeo's response. She's in fact, being quite rude and demanding of the Nurse "is they good news or bad news" Answer to that". Although she's being an impatient child towards the woman who raised her, the Nurse's patience remains intact and goes ahead telling Juliet about Romeo wanting to marry her.
This scene really reflects the motherhood aspect of the Nurse as she remians calm and understanding toward Juliet. Their relationship remains strong and in complete contrast to Lady Capulet's oblivious behaviour towards Juliet.

i would start by setting out ur argument e.g
within the extract it can be seen....
dont begin with narrative as u need to impress the examiners first by showing them what you know the question is aking you then build ur argument up to show how it is presented as such and begin by setting up a debate to show you have 2 different interpretation- this will get u a high level answer
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