What type of education did Romeo and Juliet get? Did they have any education (things like school)?

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From numerous references in the play, we know that Romeo can read and write. During the balcony scene, he notes, "Had I it written, I would tear the word," referring to his family name. Later in the play, the Friar indicates that he and Romeo (now banished to Mantua) will communicate by letter, and it is a letter, sent by means of another friar, that goes amiss, causing Romeo to remain unaware that Juliet's death is being staged. Young men of Romeo's class would also usually have some schooling in philosophy, mathematics, Latin (possibly Greek too), music, dancing, and manners.

As for Juliet, it was less traditional for upper-class girls of this time and culture to be as formally educated. We have no evidence in the play that she can read and write; she...

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As far as history is concerned, they would have tutors teaching them all the stuff of back then. You know, how the world is flat and travels on a turtles back. that kinda stuff. ^-^ But in the play, Shakespeare never mentioned schooling.

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