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Title: The Tragedies Of "Romeo And Juliet" And "West Side Story"

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"Romeo and Juliet" and "West Side Story" are both timeless dramas that willlive forever, but "Romeo and Juliet" is a classic that has a much more powerfuland tragic impact on the reader than "West Side Story". Although both of thesestories have many similarities, there are also many differences. Thesedifferences include the differences in soliloquy, the fact that Maria doesn't die, thefact that we never see Tony or Maria's parents, the issues of marriage, and theimportance of gangs and families to each story. To understand thesedifferences, one must read both Romeo and Juliet, and the similar tragedy, WestSide Story.Above are named a few of the differences between WilliamShakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and Arthur Laurent's "West Side Story".One main difference is that in Romeo and Juliet the soliloquy is spoken while inWest Side Story there is soliloquy, but it is in song. While both equallyexpress the character's feelings at the moment, the soliloquy in Romeo and Julietuses words and poetry that have a much more powerful and effective impact onthe reader than the simple song in West Side Story. An example of this iswhen in Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet, otherwise known as the balconyscene, Romeo expresses his thoughts in a soliloquy until Juliet shows up. Whilein Romeo and Juliet all of this is spoken, in West Side Story this is written asmusic shared between Maria and Tony.Another major difference between these two stories is that in Romeoand Juliet, Juliet sees Romeo dead and decides to kill herself. In WestSide Story, Tony (the Romeo of the play) does die, but Maria is not so strickenand overwhelmed that she decides to kill herself. This is very important becausein Romeo and Juliet, neither Romeo nor Juliet is allowed to move on with theirlives, and it shows the reader that Romeo and Juliet love each other so muchthat they care little of anything else in their lives but each other. In West SideStory...

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