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In what month did "Romeo and Juliet" take place?  I know the year is 1303 but I don't...

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spidermonkey | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2009 at 11:39 PM via web

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In what month did "Romeo and Juliet" take place?  I know the year is 1303 but I don't know if a month was specified.

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seanodel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 4, 2009 at 2:21 AM (Answer #1)

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If I'm not mistaken, the play takes place in July. It says so in Act i sc.iii. Juliet is born around August 1st, Lammas-Tide, and the play takes place two weeks before.

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miguelserrato98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM (Answer #6)

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It couldn't have possibly been anywhere near 1303 because Shakespeare was born in 1564. I don't know the date though.

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studyingsamantha | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM (Answer #2)

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I am currently studying Romeo and Juliet at a very prestigious school in a very prestigious schooling system, and we are going into Romeo and Juliet in great detail. In Act I Scene III of hte book, on pg. 35, line 16 of the Nurse speaks of Lammastide. Lammastide is of or around Lammas Day, usually referring to Lammas Eve. Lammas Eve is July 31st, and, when referring to it, the Nurse states it is only "a fortnight and odd days [away]." This means that it is two weeks and a certain amount of odd days away, usually a small amount of days. In my class, we first went back a fortnight, to July 17th, then went back 3 days, as that is an odd number, and so the specific day of the beginning of the play is Sunday, July 14th.

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dj0466 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM (Answer #3)

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there isnt a specific month but your question helped me answer mine

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fatty123 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 4, 2009 at 1:24 AM (Answer #4)

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i dont think there was a specified month for romeo and juliet

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 4, 2009 at 12:52 AM (Answer #5)

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There is no specific month mentioned in the play. The fact that much of the action takes place outdoors indicates that it is not wintertime. Traditionally, "a young man's fancy turns to love" in the springtime, so it might be spring.

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