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Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on Guiding Light
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2229  Tuesday, 25 November 2003

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Nov 2003 14:48:36 -0800
Subject: 14.2216 Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2216 Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on
Guiding Light

Clifford Stetner writes,

>I don't know whether the morals of present day Hollywood vis a vis
>Renaissance Europe, or someone's obtuse English teacher accounts for
>this bizarre character analysis, but it's a cinch the writer got more
>than the $44.75 shakespeareessays.com would have asked.

I should think that an online papermill would hardly be so original.
The alternative explanation, put forward by Swilley as well as you, is
what I was taught in high school.  Imagining the nurse as desperate to
regain her sexuality vicariously through Juliet seems somewhat more
interesting, if only because it's original.  In any case, I should think
that the reading of Juliet's nurse reflects more on the character
offering it than on the character it is meant to describe.

Cheers,
Sean.

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