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Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on Guiding Light
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2236  Wednesday, 26 November 2003

From:           Peter Donaldson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Nov 2003 14:08:34 -0500
Subject: 14.2216 Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2216 Pop Culture: Juliet's Nurse analyzed on
Guiding Light

Zeffirelli's  presentation of the scene suggests that the Nurse's advice
that Juliet commit bigamy is a solemn choice. The Nurse's reply to
Juliet's "but goes thy heart with this?" -- "Aye and my soul, too, or
else beshrew them both" is treated as a risk of salvation knowingly
undertaken for the sake of Juliet's survival.

On the Nurse's retrospective sexuality, there's a wonderful piece by
Edward A. Snow in Shakespeare's 'Rough Magic."  Katherine Dalsimer's
Female Adolescence also has a good chapter on Romeo and Juliet, written
from the point of view of a  clinical psychologist that's relevant to
these questions.

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