What Are The Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet And West Side Story

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In both of these stories we find that the love struck main characters are cursed to death. In both Romeo and Juliet and the remake West Side story, there are unavoidable deaths between the forbidden love with each other. To put it simply, the characters in this story acted it out of their strong love for each other, which caused death and despair. In the first story, we have a feud between two families. The Montagues, and the Capulets. Romeo is from the Montague family. He is in love with Rosaline, but know she does not love him back. Benvolio, Romeos friend, decides to help him get over Rosaline by crashing the feast thrown by Count Paris. During This time, Romeo sees a beautiful lady by the name of Juliet and forgets about Rosaline completely. …show more content…
He dies. Juliet wakes up to Romeo’s dead body and takes his dagger and kills herself. After this, the prince is called ignorant for letting the family feud go on for too long, and the families settle their differences with peace. Both families go on to build golden statues for Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story is a film based off of two rivaled gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. The Jets were a white American gang and the Sharks were a Puerto Rican gang that moves to America. The gangs have a few scruffs but nothing serious. But the Jets want them gone. The Jets want to Challenge the Sharks to a rumble at the dance the next day. Riff, the leader of the Jets, goes to find the co-leader/former member of the Jets, Tony. Tony Works at Doc’s and doesn’t want anything to do with this. But Riff convinces Tony to go anyway. Here we meet Maria. Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, brought his sister Maria to America a month before the dance. She is so excited to go. Bernardo brought her to America to marry Chino, but she doesn’t really like him that much. The next night, both gangs show up at the dance. The gangs have a sort of dance battle. During these shenanigans, Tony …show more content…
Since West Side Story is a remake, there are bound to be both similarities and differences. There are many similarities throughout this scene. Starting off, the events leading up to the deaths are very similar. Whether it be the friends and family dying or forbidden love. But the actual scene has both similarities and differences. For instance, both male characters die. But there are more differences. Only Tony dies in WSS, but both Romeo and Juliet die in RaJ. Also, Chino kills Tony in WSS, but Romeo Kills himself. These stories are very similar in plot, but the actual scenes are very

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