Romeo and Juliet

How old is Juliet?


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How old is Juliet?

Juliet is thirteen years old. In Shakespeare's primary sources, Juliet is considerably older than she is in the play. Why does Shakespeare change Juliet's age? Professor Gayle Whittier offers this explanation: "Juliet's very age suggests that she both represents and defeats a translation of sonnet into flesh. At 'almost' fourteen (and not sixteen, as in Brooke's earlier "Romeus and Juliet"), she has years almost equal to the completed form of the sonnet's fourteen-lined body."

(The Sonnet's Body and the Body Sonnetized in Romeo and Juliet, in Critical Essays on Romeo and Juliet, Joseph Porter, ed., 63)



Juliet is 13 years old.

Her father says she has not seen the passing of 14 summers, so she is not 14 yet.

Ok, I always had it in my head she was 14 but I see what you mean.

thirteen, "not yet 14."

Ok, I get it!

that wasn't for you........ just more details.

thanks guys