In The Novels Romeo And Juliet, West Side Story, And Snow Falling On Cedars Different Factors In Society Contribute To The Destruction Of Love

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Its not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps not records of wrong, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.In the perfect world, love would be present in everyone's life, everyday. When someone falls in love they become vulnerable and allow themselves to give their everything to another person. What happens though when that love fails? And when it does, what are the causes for it? In the novels Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, and Snow Falling on Cedars different factors in our society contribute greatly to the destruction of love.In West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet, the hate that the characters feel for each other takes on a form of fighting. In West Side Story, the hate between the Puerto Ricans and the Americans accelerate to a point where they act on this hate. Street fights, small brawls, and rumbles all seem small compared the gang war that takes place. For the first time weapons are involved. It is during this war that Tony is killed and Maria realizes that everyone has hate inside of them, including her, and that this hate is what causes fighting and death. "We all killed him, and Riff, and I too. I can kill now because I hate now. How many can I kill, Chino? How many, and still have one left for me" (West, 223)?The feud between the Montagues and Capulets, in Romeo and Juliet,went back for so long that no one could remember why they disliked each other so much. During Romeo and Juliet's life, the fighting got to a point where the Prince of Verona swore to banish anyone who caused a disturbance in the streets. A brawl breaks out in Romeo and Juliet after the two are married. As a result of this fight, Mercutio and Tybalt die, and Romeo is banished from Verona.Besides the hate that is very noticeable in these novels, prejudice is also very evident in West Side Story and Snow Falling on Cedars. In West Side Story prejudice is noticeable in almost every characters speech. The two groups of people in this novel are the Puerto Ricans and the Americans. The Americans think the Puerto Ricans are taking over their territory, and are very resentful towards them because of this. "We fought hard for this territory, and its ours. But with those cops servin as cover, the Puerto Ricans can move in right under our noes and take it away" (West 141).The time period in Snow Falling on Cedars is about ten years after the bombing of Pearl Habour. Every character involved in the bombing still clearly remembers their feelings towards the enemy during this time. Hatsue, a Japanese girl, and Ishmeal were child hood sweethearts and before the bombing took place had plans of marriage. When Hatsue's mother found out about her daughters love for the American boy she was outraged. She demanded that Hatsue never see Ishmeal again. "He is not like you. At all. One day you will...

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