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Is Juliet too young to marry?
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I'd say so, but the real question is, who is asking, and who is answering? She's 13, and by modern standards, that's very young. It also seems young to Juliet's father. However, as Paris points out in Act I, girls younger than 13 are already mothers (and according to him, happy about it). And Paris is right, at least historically; people married much younger in that period.
But look at her emotional ups and downs! She's so young!
Posted by gbeatty on February 25, 2007 at 1:39 AM (Answer #1)
Back then, (when they lived short-lives) she was considered old. Paris points out that women who were younger than her were already mothers. Nowadays, though, yes. Far too young.
Posted by luvthekingofsc on February 25, 2007 at 12:41 PM (Answer #2)
In my opinion? Yes. In the opinion of the Elizabethian audience it would have been a different matter. In the time of this play, every father would find a good suitor whom was rich and willing to marry his daughter as soon as she became a teenager.
Why? Because the parents of a daughter were worried about their daughters' hormones running wild and urging her to go about the town and trying different things out; thus becoming pregnant without being married. This was frowned upon and would bring shame to any household.
Thus, the daughters were to marry at an early age so as if they became pregnant, they had a good man who would look after her and the baby.
Posted by youthinkilikeyou on July 2, 2007 at 10:28 PM (Answer #3)
No she's not, in modern day terms its similar to someone who has only just turned 16 getting married, it is very close to being unacceptableand there would still be some stigma in society about it. Whether she is mature enough to get married is another matter which is more personal. She is shown as very young in her submissions to her father; however it could be argued that this is just another historical trait of the play, so I guess you'll just have to make up your own mind about that!
PS I'm from England so i don't know if my year at school's right but i don't suppose that matters really :)
Posted by beccasmith on January 14, 2009 at 4:16 AM (Answer #4)
Yes. Thirteen years old is way too young to go into marriage according to our modern standards, in the late twenties would be more acceptable.
The fact was also greatly supported by the Elizabethan England period, when women typically wed in their late teens or early twenties. But, in Pari's point of view, she felt that 13-year olds are already mothers in that age, which contradict to the traditions that everybody follows.
Posted by revolution on July 15, 2009 at 9:51 PM (Answer #5)
No in the old days!!!
Posted by cheeko101 on July 21, 2011 at 1:51 AM (Answer #6)
I don't know this for sure, but I suspect that Shakespeare had a practical reason for making Juliet so young and also for writing the dialogue that would establish her age as precisely thirteen. As is well known, female roles were played by boys. No doubt Shakespeare had a particular boy in mind to play Juliet, and the boy was very young. The play is about young love. Shakespeare needed a boy who could pass for a young girl. This suggests that he was obliged to choose a boy who was a good actor/actress as well as still having a soprano voice. Otherwise, I see no reason why Shakespeare with a stroke of the quill could not have made Juliet fifteen or sixteen. Thirteen seems awfully young for any era, not just because we don't like to think of girls that age having babies, but because it is hard to believe that a thirteen-year-old girl could be so passionate, headstrong, and devious as Juliet.
Posted by billdelaney on July 24, 2012 at 2:56 AM (Answer #7)
Not for her time, she may have even been a bit old . People lived shorter time spans so had to marry young . Her father did something a bit out of the ordinary, too . Instead of forcing her daughter to marry someone, he told Paris that Juliet had to love him back.
Posted by vanessamedrano-luna on August 15, 2012 at 6:16 AM (Answer #8)
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