In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is 13, but how old is Romeo?

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Shakespeare never gives Romeo a specific age. Although his age could be anywhere between 13–21, he is typically portrayed as being around the age of 16.


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Romeo and Juliet is the very famous story of the two "star-crossed lovers" (Prologue to Act I, line 6) who are doomed to fail in their attempts to overcome the feud which has dominated the Montague and Capulet families for as long as anyone can remember. They clearly underestimate the stubbornness of their parents and the hatred in their hearts which even extends to the servants who bear as much animosity towards the opposing household as they would towards a true enemy.

Romeo and Juliet 's inability to grasp the true depth of feeling involved in this "grudge" (Prologue, line 3) gives an indication...

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ambermcfordler | Student

Romeo is about 14/15 in the beginning of the book.

ammaarahnisaa | Student

about 4-8 years older than juliet

assassinerik | Student

I have always assumed he was 16

user7870940 | Student

romeo has been said to be anywhere from 18-23 however, regardless of which it is, he is still quite a bit older then Juliet who is only 13.

dnhamrani | Student

My teacher said he's about 16-17 so he's not as that old comparing to Juliet, who is 13, turning 14

claudia-stylesxoxo | Student

That's a good question, Romeo is supposedly to be around 18 or 19 years old.

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