William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Do you know of anyone who married at age 13, 14, or 15? You probably don’t, but it was very common during the Elizabethan Era in England, a time when people were expected to get married at a very young age. When people think of couples that married at a very young age, Romeo and Juliet often come to mind. Romeo and Juliet’s marriage was not very much like others of the time period. Shakespeare wrote the play, Romeo and Juliet, based on his own views of marriage and love. Shakespeare’s experience with love and marriage, arranged marriages, the age of marriage and consent suggest Shakespeare’s views on marriage varied from his contemporaries’.
Shakespeare’s experience with love and marriage had a vast impact on how he viewed marriage and the relationships in Romeo and Juliet. Some of the decisions he made with his own marriage were included in relationships in the play. For one thing, Shakespeare was married at a very young age. He was 18 when he got married to his wife, Anne Hathaway, who was 26 at the time. She was eight years older than Shakespeare. Before the wedding, she was several months pregnant with his baby and felt obligated to marry her. He did not actually love her, but he did it out of respect and to support his child. From the way I see it, they couple did not have very loving and caring feeling towards each other. They did not live together or get to talk much. The two didn’t even live in the same town while they were married. Shakespeare…
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