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How The Nurse Feels Essay

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The short story “How the Nurse Feels” by Greg Changnon was first published in 1998. It treats of universal themes such as growing up and how the transition from child to adult is not always an easy or desired process. The adult world can seem alien and impossible to identify with but through the story it is told how a single event can alter the perception of it. It also deals with the boundary between fiction and reality which can be quite blurred especially at this transitioning age. While fiction can help us understanding the world around us, the short story also stresses the importance of life experience in order to fully understand the fiction. These are all things the main character, ...view middle of the document...

The almost parental love and anxious worry, the Nurse feels towards Juliet, is at the beginning of the short story still incomprehensible to Tess, and so she cannot get her motivation right. However, she has no problem understanding the character of Juliet as the two of them have quite many similarities – like Juliet, Tess wants to follow her dreams and yearns for a life far away from her parents and their expectations: “Both my parents think that after college I will come back and take over Mother’s fabric store, but they have no idea. If I could leave now I would do it in a flash […] Instead, I have to sleep in a pink satin bedroom designed by my mother”3. Tess feels trapped in a world controlled by her parents and fears the future they seem to have decided for her. Her description of Juliet applies to herself as well: “Ruled by her parents and led by her heart.”4 To create excitement in her boring world, she undertakes the role of Juliet and assigns some of the other characters to the people around her. To Tess, Tiger De Soto, who plays the Apothecary in the play, represents the character of Romeo – though he is marijuana selling troubled kid, Tess’ idea of him is far more romantic; he is a guy with the guts to stand up to moral codes and break free from his parents and the monotony of daily life. She develops a crush on him while talking to him on the phone about rehearsals being cancelled because of the weather: “There’s four miles of hard packed snow between us but I’ve never felt so close”5. He plays the guitar on his end and Tess listens wondering who else in this snow is sitting on the phone listening to a guy play music6, hoping she is the only one. As the conversation is about to end, she asks him why he is called Tiger to lengthen it, and he tells her it is because he screamed a lot as a baby. The next day, Tess’ father informs her, that Tiger is missing. Tess’ friend, Kimberly, wonders whether he has run away, but Tess knows better: “To run away sound so preteen. He didn’t run away. He got the hell out of here.”7 Once again Tess ascribes a quality to Tiger that might not be true. It is not necessarily how Tiger is, but rather her idea of him. Her father tells her how worried Tiger’s parents are, but this does not bother her the slightest: “Dad, listen, just say a prayer or something”8. Instead she fantasizes about Tiger’s heroic departure imagines that he has run away to a better place where he can be himself, freed of all rules and pressure and does not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. She does not really think about what this have done to his parents, or is unable to enter into their feelings. She ridicules their worry as she cannot understand it – it is completely strange land to her. It is not until she sees the De Sotos that she begins to realize the other side of the story. As she watches Mrs. De Soto wring her hands in front of the drama team, hoping that they know the whereabouts of her son, she cannot help...

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