The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2208 Thursday, 20 November 2003
Date: Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003 08:36:19 -0600
Subject: Vicious Nurse in "Guiding Light"
Beth of "Guiding Light" advises,
....The Nurse requires maturity and guts... look where love got Juliet.
We all know her story, don't we?
Well, I guess at least "Beth" doesn't; or, if she does, she is as
immoral as the Nurse, herself.
The nurse has advised Juliet to forget her marriage to Romeo and go on
with the marriage to Paris. Juliet is horrified at the immoral idea and
seeks counsel elsewhere. In her repudiation of the nurse's vicious
advice, Juliet is further establishing her acceptance of the role of an
adult in the society, a role she first takes on when she marries Romeo.
The tragedy of this play is that of Juliet, whose flaw is her backing
away from a legitimate choice she has made. She attempts to continue the
games and pretense of private childhood rather than publicly demand the
privileges and responsibilities of adulthood that her marriage has made
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