The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2198 Wednesday, 19 November 2003
Date: Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003 03:10:57 -0500
Subject: Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on Guiding Light
Lizzie Spaulding is outraged at being cast as the Nurse instead of
Juliet in the school play. Her mother, Beth, speaking about herself as
much as the character, gives Lizzie the lowdown on the Nurse:
Beth: The Nurse is more than a go-between. She's at the heart of
everything that happens....The Nurse requires maturity and guts. She
doesn't get to stand up there and hide behind some pretty costume or
some pretty boy. ...Honey, it's easy to play the girl the boy loves.
It's a lot harder to play someone who's lost so much already.
Lizzie: Like what?
Beth: Her innocence. At the start of the play, the Nurse is a widow
who's lost both her husband and her child. But then, she doesn't give up
on love. And when Romeo and Juliet find each other, the Nurse falls in
love with love all over again. She sees it as this pure and innocent
thing. But then, she's the one that realizes this love will end badly.
She's the one who realizes that love doesn't always triumph and that
it's not innocent at all. She knows that when you give in to love and
passion, heartbreak and disaster follows. And she tries to tell Juliet
that, but Juliet doesn't listen. And look where love got Juliet. We all
know her story, don't we?
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