Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 5

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  • Act 2 Scene 5: Juliet is anxious to hear a message from Romeo, but the nurse delays the response. She finally tells Juliet that she will be married soon. 
  • The nurse should have been here three hours ago! If she wasn't so old, maybe she'd have been here earlier. 
  • The nurse is here! Tell me the news cheerfully, don't ruin it by looking sad! Please!
  • Ow. I am tired.
  • Characterization: The nurse is mildly deceptive, as she tries to use the excuse of being tired to avoid the question. She is also a fairly physically weak person, as the journey gave her pain, even though based on the time period, it would have only been a few miles.  She's also funny for bringing about this comic relief.
  • Comic relief: The nurse says she's too tired to talk, yet she has enough energy to tell Juliet this, so Juliet roasts her.
  • "How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath to say to me that thou art out of breath?"
  • "Do you not see that I am out of breath?"
  • Characterization: Juliet is impatient, not only because she keeps asking the nurse about what Romeo thinks of the marriage, but because even after meeting Romeo just days before, and she's impatient to get married. She is also passionate because she cares a lot about Romeo.
  • "Is thy news good or bad? Answer to that. Say either, and I'll stay the circumstance. Let me be satisfied; is't good or bad?"
  • Stop changing the subject!
  • Simile: The nurse compares Romeo to a lamb, and she uses the word "as".
  • I am in pain, if you haven't noticed.  Where's your mom, anyway?
  • "He is not a flower of courtesy, but I'll warrant him as gentle as a lamb."
  • Alright, head to Friar Lawrence's cell to get married, and I'll "fetch a ladder" so you and Romeo can sleep together later.
  • Thanks!
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