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How old is Juliet?

 

keaton w #245391
Apr 24, 2012 10:20 AM

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How old is Juliet?
 

jill d #170087
Apr 24, 2012 10:25 AM

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Best Answer: 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)

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Aslan
Apr 24, 2012 10:20 AM

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14
 

judy t #197809
Apr 24, 2012 10:20 AM

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Juliet is 13 years old.
 

judy t #197809
Apr 24, 2012 10:21 AM

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

Aslan
Apr 24, 2012 10:23 AM

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

jill d #170087
Apr 24, 2012 10:23 AM

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thirteen, "not yet 14."
 

Aslan
Apr 24, 2012 10:26 AM

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Ok, I get it!
 

jill d #170087
Apr 24, 2012 10:30 AM

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

keaton w #245391
Apr 24, 2012 10:37 AM

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thanks guys
 

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