Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, Scene 3)

Who are the characters in this scene? Lady Capulet, the Nurse, Juliet, and a servingman.
What does Juliet’s mother talk to her about? Marriage.
Does Lady Capulet want the Nurse in the room or not when she is about to talk to Juliet about getting married? At first she dismisses the Nurse, but then asks her to stay.
Does Juliet want to get married? She did not give it much thought but she agreed to take a look at Paris at the feast to see if she liked him.
What did Lady Capulet say to Juliet about her own thoughts about marriage? Lady Capulet told Juliet she was about her age when she actually gave birth to Juliet. In other words, Juliet really needs to consider getting married soon (Juliet is only 13).
What Act and Scene do we first meet Juliet? Act 1, Scene 3.
What is a major theme of this Act and Scene? parental influence, particularly the strength of that influence over girls.
Is Lady Capulet in support of her husband’s plan for Juliet to marry Paris? yes, she even pressures Juliet to think of marriage to Paris even before Juliet even thinks about marriage in the first place.
The story the Nurse tells about Juliet as a baby falling on her face, and the nurse’s husband’s comment about Juliet falling on her back when she comes of age is a reference to what? That Juliet will grow up and her parents will have arranged her marriage. Juliet will be seen as a potential sex object for marriage.
What does this scene explain about the character of Lady Capulet? she is a flighty, ineffectual mother: she dismisses the Nurse, seeking to speak alone with her daughter, but as soon as the Nurse begins to depart, Lady Capulet becomes nervous and calls the Nurse back.
What does this scene explain about the character of the Nurse? The Nurse, in her hilarious inability to stop telling the story about her husband’s remarks about Juliet’s sexual development, shows a vulgar (tasteless/not classy) streak, but also a familiarity with Juliet that implies that it was she, and not Lady Capulet, who raised the girl.
What does this scene explain about the character of Juliet? a naïve (innocent) young girl who is obedient to her mother and the Nurse. But there are glimpses of a strength and intelligence in her that are wholly absent in her mother. She can be passive resistant.
What happened to the Nurse’s daughter and husband? They both died, her daughter died long ago and would be the age of Juliet.
What social comparison do we see again in this scene? the comparison of masters and servants.

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