“The Other Side” explains the internal conflict of the nurse questioning her willingness to seek revenge. The nurse’s reason for revenge is because her daughter, Susan, had died due to the family conflict. This story includes all the elements of fiction; however, it mainly focuses on the setting, characterization, and style.
The use of omniscient third-person narrator allows me to have more freedom when depicting the nurse. The rhetorical questions (“What about Juliet?”) and anaphora (“no idea”) that describe the conflict not only emphasize the nurse’s thoughts, but it also helps the readers understand the dynamic character of the nurse. On the other hand, because red symbolizes evil, I’ve made the nurse’s hair color to be “red” to represent her villainy. These physical features create visual imagery that allows the audience to feel closer to the character.
The exposition is ambiguous about the nurse’s behavior as it’s meant to hook them and build suspense. Also, the dark setting (“ominous clouds”) with the oxymoron (“beautiful revenge”) and visual imagery (“mist covering gleaming stars”) builds tension for the nurse’s wickedness. The setting further creates a somber mood through the contrast in the motif of light and dark (“doves” and ravens”) that depict the theme of love and hate. The juxtapositions of these ideas and wordplay (“horse” and “hoarsely”) produce a perplexing and entertaining effect on the audience.
Additionally, there’s a lexical cluster of words that relate to yellow (“sun” and “daffodil”) because yellow connotes to joy. This helps readers understand why the nurse is undergoing internal conflict. Moreover, the use of chiasmus allows the audience to notice how “sin” and “pleasure” are in reverse, which makes these words be memorable for the readers.
Lastly, the personification of “thunder raged” helps transition and foreshadows the portent of events that the marriage will cause.
The Other Side
The nurse let out a deep sigh of relief. She stared out at the nebulous mist covering the gleaming stars. Ravens had startled the doves, while somber spiders crept into the dark corners, leaving only traces of their milky webs.
After years and years of the nurse’s unwavering service to the Capulet family, she finally saw her opening-her chance. Having just encountered Romeo, the light to Juliet’s colorless life, the nurse ruminated about the news of Romeo’s proposal to Juliet. She knew that there were only two possible consequences: war or peace.
The nurse smirked at the idea of peace. Peace between the Montagues and the Capulets? This was so silly, so simple, so senseless. The intensity of the enmity between the family feud has made harmony become impossible.
As the howling gale interrupted the deafening silence, small strands pieces of the nurse’s ginger red curls flew into her face. The nurse began to contemplate the Montagues and the Capulets. Shortly, she clenched her corpulent fist and bit her plump lips as her flushed freckled cheeks began to burn with anger. The families had no idea how their own selfish quarrel had affected the nurse’s life. They had no idea what it was like to lose a child and the traumatic torture it brought. They had no idea that Susan, an innocent bystander of this brutal war, was trampled by runaway Capulet carriage during one of the street skirmishes.
The moment that Susan took her last breath was when the nurse’s life had changed forever. Since then, she developed a monomaniacal focus for a beautiful revenge towards the two families and became ravenous for it. After all, vengeance was the reason why she signed up to serve under the Capulets. However, the nurse could never figure out exactly what she could do for retaliation. She just wanted something torturous, something insufferable, something where the two families could endure the despair that she had felt. After waiting for over a decade, the nurse realized that Romeo and Juliet’s marriage could create the harm and deaths that she has been yearning for. This was the least she could do for Susan. All that she had to do was tell Juliet about her marriage.
The nurse smiled at the beauty of the clear darkness and breathed in a sweet scent of triumph knew. As she imagined the marriage and its aftermath, she knew that sometimes pleasure was a sin and sin was a pleasure. However, as the razor-edged wind shot into her large hazel eyes, the nurse shivered. Doubts began to swarm her mind. Was she capable of such cruelty? Would God be able to forgive her? What about Juliet’s safety?
The nurse’s long and dark eyelashes constantly blinked as she stared at the scattered ominous clouds in the misty sky. The memories between the nurse and Juliet inundated the nurse’s mind: braiding the little girl’s short blond hair under the shimmering sun; folding her dresses covered with daffodil patterns; seeing the sweet girl’s cheery lips smiling. Introspection curved the nurse’s lips upwards. Over the years, the nurse realized that Juliet had become the replacement of Susan and was the beacon of her life. Was harming Juliet same as killing Susan? Was being Judas worth it? Should she not tell Juliet? Susan was already dead anyway.
Her own child was dead because of the barbarous brawl. The nurse shook her head. What was she thinking? The image of the lifeless eyes, scarlet blood, and the sea of tears that were created when the nurse last saw Susan came back to her. How could she? How could she betray her little angel? This wouldn’t be fair to Susan. The nurse had to tell Juliet. It was her duty.
At this moment, the thunder started to rage in the Stygian atmosphere. The nurse gazed at the window as a smirk formed on her face once again. Excitement poured onto the nurse as she anticipated the violence, war, and deaths that Romeo and Juliet’s marriage would bring. The salty tears that would form, the creation of the pure color crimson blood from the battles, and most importantly, the extreme agony that would crush the Montagues and the Capulets made the nurse’s grin grow wider and wider.
Finally, after all these years, the nurse could satisfy her longing to create trouble, her yearning for discord, and her craving for a pleasant revenge.