How the Nurse Feels

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How the Nurse Feels is a story of a teenage girl named Tess Powell, who during the course of the story goes through some profound changes. Tess plays the role of the Nurse in her school’s current production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” But Tess has a rather bothersome problem. She is not able to play her role correctly, because of a failure in fully understanding and thereby expressing the emotions felt by the character. During the story she gets a crush on a boy, who has a small role in the play. Tiger De Soto, whom she barely knows, is the troublemaker, and he is a contrast to Tess, who is the well-behaved daughter of a reverend.
Because of a blizzard the school is closed for about a week, and the play is temporarily postponed.
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the affection the De Sotos displays when Tiger disappears.
Another important aspect of the story is the development, which Tess goes through. In the beginning Tess is very much an unresolved person, especially emotions, such as love and sorrow, which is symbolized by her failure to truly understand her character. The Nurse is a more mature character than Juliet is, and therefore Tess finds Juliet easy because she can identify herself with her. Juliet is also “ruled by her parents but led by her heart” (Lines 3-4).
But at the end of the story, Tess develops a deeper understanding of both love and sorrow, by experiencing the two emotions herself, and also because she sees how the disappearing of their son affects the De Sotos. Especially Mrs. De Soto’s reaction to the situation affects Tess. This is shown in her understanding of her character on the opening night “Juliet is lying before me and I see all this and I think, now, I am the nurse.” (Line 224-225).
Even though it is not directly implied, it is possible that Tess also has gained a greater understanding of her parent’s concerns towards her welfare, as a result of the event.
There is no doubt that the society keeps changing and young people are pushed to mature early, which makes today’s youth different from the previous generations. Young people are giving lesser and lesser time to find out who they are and what they want in life. That is why so many


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