Sunday, September 19, 2010

Did Shakespeare's Romeo Wear Neckties?


Romeo and Juliet
Did Shakespeare's Romeo Wear Neckties 
No Question - Romeo and Juliet is a classic.

William Shakespeare wore a tie of sorts and he surely gave his dashing character the charm and style to captivate women so Romeo probably did wear ties. A Romeo without a necktie would not be a Romeo at all as Shakespeare could not overlook that his romantic character would need style. The Bard of Avon is revered as the greatest writer in the English language, and was well known for his keen fashion sense. Written in Verona Italy in 1595, his play Romeo and Juliet is for certain a timeless classic.  “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Romeo without a tie would make Romeo and Juliet some what of a difficult tale as everyone knows that women fall for well dressed men who wear ties.  At least in the modern contemporary film an important accessory not over looked in the screenplay by Craig Pearce - Romeo did wear a necktie in the 1996 block buster film directed by Baz Luhrnann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo, and Clair Danes as Juliet.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo wears a necktie
Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo wears a necktie in the
contemporary film version of the 17th century love story
directed by Baz Luhrnann
A charisma so powerful
that no woman could ever forget, as Dolly Parton's lyrics in her country song Romeo spells out - the attraction that this swooner processes is magical.  “…Romeo comes struttin' in and everybody looks. 'Cause he's just got that special thang. That everybody needs and everybody wants him but not as bad as me. Hey, Romeo, where art thou. Get out here on the floor. I want to dance you darlin' - 'Til you forget wherefore... Romeo, Romeo, Romeo come dance with me “  

Her lyrics do Romeo and Juliet justice, as romantic as possible - the Bard said it all so wonderfully.  “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!  For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

Romeo and Juliet's famous balcony scene
An 1870 oil painting by Ford Madox Brown
depicting Romeo and Juliet's famous
balcony scene, illustrates a well dressed
Romeo and a captivated Juliet

Romeo by Dolly Parton Video

Dolly Pardon Lyrics Romeo and Juliet – click here

Romeo and Juliet – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on line

Romeo and Juliet – the 1996 modern screenplay and movie

Romeo and Juliet – the entire play on line

Romeo and Juliet – the entire play. No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English - the kind of English people actually speak today - click here


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