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Romeo and Juliet

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Juliet first of all looks to her mother for solace, probably because she has the most power to alter the situation to one of which she is less despairing of, unfortunately, she finds none. Her mother appears hostile and seems to imply that she is even disowning her one and only (living) child. "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word; Do as thou wilt for I have done with thee." She is much less sympathetic. I have an explanation for why this happens. In the nineties film adaptation, Lady Capulet is unfriendly, but seems reluctant, and it pains her to be so. Like she wants to show her love but is being forced not to. She is probably scared of her husband, and would do anything to prevent another outburst of domestic violence. Juliet's mother's 'betrayal' did not seem to either affect or surprise her much, however, when the Nurse said that she should marry Paris, she almost seemed to lose her mind. Apart from Romeo, the Nurse is the person that Juliet loves the most. She is Juliet's maternal figure, breast feeding her when her own mother would not. At first Juliet grabs on to her, but then let go. As they became emotionally separated, they also get physically separated. It is a powerful piece of imagery. The Nurse does, though, love Juliet and wants her to be as happy as possible. When questioned about her sincerity by Juliet, she said that she spoke from her heart, "and from my soul too; else beshrew them both." However, the nineties film Nurse is more sympathetic than the sixties film Nurse.



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