A main point that I have noticed is that the differences, haven't been changed to a great extent. Many factorscontribute to their demise. Using these three comparisons, readers can clearly see the tragedy of love hindered by fate. The characters face many animal strife and react to them synonymously, leading to the same or similar outcomes. To put it simply, the characters in this story acted it out of their strong love for each other, which caused death and despair. West Side Story is the modern day translation of Romeo and Juliet.
His tale of Romeo andJuliet portrays a tragic love. Tybalt is Juliets cousin not brother. In , Toni kills Bernardo, Maria's brother. The Capulet's and the Montague's were dueling families. Both of the dramas take different paths, with various twists, and turns, but the final destinations are the same.
When the fight begins Tony tries to stop the fight but Bernardo refuses and calls him a chicken. Yet parents are never seen in Maria's life, while, her brother and his girlfriend are the ones that act as parents. They both have the similar theme of forbidden love and love that is expected or arranged. Shakespeare's delivery of the timeless tale of desperate love in his classic Romeo and Juliet proves to only intensify through retelling and modern interpretation. Many events of Romeo and Juliet are emulated in West Side Story and can be viewed in a very similar way. Their love was doomed from the start because of their feuding families- the Montague represented by Romeo and Capulet, by Juliet.
Have to marry someone they have no feelings for. The two main female characters also have many things in common. That also got me thinking about the things that are different as well. In West Side story, Robbins decided that both gangs, are poor. Tony and Maria could have easily ran to somewhere else in the city and never have to worry about the dueling gangs again. Juliet fled her home to be with Romeo outside of town. In this I will also compare the scenes and the characters of West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet.
The Lieutenant, from West Side Story, had told the Puerto Rican's and the American's that if they get into another fight they all will have to go to jail. These people were the Prince and the Lieutenant. Romeo and Juliet obviously shows more occurrences due to fate. Even though both of these women eventually went to their lover, they exhibited a form of obedience and passiveness by originally agreeing to marry their arranged man. The West Side Story is set in Upper West Side Manhattan. For example, Tony and Romeo can be compared to each other because both are in love with the girl from the opposing faction. Maria left her town to flee with Tony.
They also sing, which can interest more people to watching it. These characters are alike, yet different. Many of the events also reflect each other, yet small differences give them uniqueness. The beginning starts as both gangs gather at a localdance. As I read I noticed various things which were similar between the two stories. What if instead of occurring several centuriesago, it took place on the streets of New York City during the 1950s, with abunch of fresh-faced youths posing as street toughs and dancing and singingtheir hearts out? Some of the characters in West Side. Tony and Romeo are just the opposite.
By contrast, Tony and Maria stay in the open dance floor where everyone can see. Through a crack in the wall too small to even fit their lips, the two best looking people in all of Babylon confess their love. On the surface, the plays couldn't be more different. Some of the other comparable characters include: Anita to the nurse, Riff to Mercutio, and Bernardo to Tybalt. The Sharks and the Jets were rival gangs, so of course Tony and Maria's love was forbidden. The Jets and sharks want to fight and arrange the fight.
Compared to the Montague and Capulet families the Jets and Sharks are very poor. In West Side Story, Toni kills Bernardo, Maria's brother. I was just wondering, if anyone working in the show would like to tell me their take on that How are the two characters alike and different? Romeo and Juliet is a timeless literary work written by William Shakespeare… 932 Words 4 Pages Comparing Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story In this piece of coursework I will be analysing the technical aspects of the opening scenes in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. Maria's suitor, Chino, is completely on the Sharks'. Explanations He made these changes to keep the musical more modern swords to guns. You may also decide to take a stand or position on the subject, in which case you should defend your position with supporting documentation.