Romeo and Juliet Versus West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet Versus West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet versus West Side Story By Kirk Specialty’ Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, 2 ageless dramas that will live forever. Although both of these stories have lots of resemblances, there are also numerous differences. These differences include the distinctions in sililoquy, the truth that Maria does not die, the reality that we never ever see Tony or Maria’s moms and dads, along with the problems of marital relationship, the significance of gangs and households to each story. To comprehend these differences, I have actually read and/or enjoyed both Romeo and Juliet, and the comparable tragedy, West Side Story.

Above, I called a few of the lots of distinctions between William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Ernest Leaman’s screenplay, West Side Story. One main difference is that in Romeo and Juliet the sililoquy is spoken while in West Side Story there is sililoquy, but it is in song. While both similarly express the character’s feelings at the moment, it is my sensation that West Side Story’s musical style brings the viewer/listener even more into the play and makes the play more reliable.

An example of this is when, in Act II, Scene II, of Romeo and Juliet, otherwise called the balcony scene, Romeo reveals his ideas in a sililoquy until Juliet appears. While in Romeo and Juliet all of this is spoken, in West Side Story, this is composed as music shared between Maria and Tony. Another major difference in between these two stories is that in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet sees Romeo dead and decides to kill herself. While, in West Side Story, Tony (the Romeo of the play) does pass away– shot by Chino- Maria is not so stricken and overshelmed that she decides to eliminate herself.

This is very crucial since in Romeo and Juliet, neither Romeo or Juliet is allowed to carry on with their lives. In West Side Story, nevertheless, I make sure Maria, although not shown in the film, proceeds and gets over Tony. My theory on why the above holds true, is that Romeo and Juliet are kept apart by family ties or blood; Juliet a Capulet and Romeo a Montague. Blood ties are what household is all about and tend to be really strong bonds. In West Side Story the only thing holding each other back from one another are their ties to gangs; Maria, the Sharks and Tony, the Jets.

This, in my eyes, makes Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another more powerful than Maria and Tony’s. This is why it is simpler for Maria to get over Tony. Also a major distinction in between these tragedies is the issue, or non- issue as it were, of marriage. Marriage is another tie that Romeo and Juliet have that Tony and Maria don’t. In Romeo and Juliet’s case marriage is seriously raised nearly immediately after they fulfill. In Tony and Maria’s case marriage is raised however, just in a joking/kidding way.

To me this shows that Romeo and Juliet are more matured and prepared to take on life’s difficulties, while Tony and Maria are a bit more childish and unprepared for what they have actually gotten themselves into. Although not a significant difference, there is the absence of Tony and Maria’s parents. This may not affect the story excessive, but Romeo and Juliet’s moms and dads enter into significant play in William Shakespeare’s love story or love disaster, depending upon your point of view.

In Romeo and Juliet, without Lord Capulet there is no wedding dispute and much of the fast “thinking” does not have to happen. You may have previously thought that West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet were identical love tales. Of course, not counting the truth that West Side Story is obviously updated. I hope that my report on the distinctions between the 2 has actually finally cleared this up. I considerably valued the opportunity to write this report and I definitely learned a lot from it. I hope you have actually enjoyed it.

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