Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story

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Romeo and Juliet Prologue:
Enter Chorus Chorus
Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. (Prologue 4) From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. (Prologue 8) The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; (Prologue 12) The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. (Prologue 14)

Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story
Character Parallels

Romeo & Juliet Montagues Capulets Romeo Juliet Nurse Mercutio Tybalt Friar Laurence Paris Prince Balthasar Benvolio

West Side Story The Jets (white) The Sharks (Puerto Rican) Tony Maria Anita Riff Bernardo Doc Chino The Police (i.e. Lieutenant Shrank) Doc (as a messenger) Anybodys (action-wise) Baby John (personality-wise)

Scene Parallels Romeo & Juliet 3rd civil brawl party at the Capulet house balcony scene West Side Story confrontation between the Jets and Sharks at the beginning dance at the gym fire escape scene

wedding at Friar Laurence's mock wedding at the bridal shop cell duels between Mercutio, Tybalt and Romeo Nurse abandons Juliet by urging her to marry Paris Other Differences Star-Crossed Lovers Why Their Love is Forbidden The Parents Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet West Side Story Tony and Maria rumble underneath the bridge Anita betrays Maria by not delivering her message to Tony

families are enemies and have racial tension between the been feuding for a long time two gangs the parents are heavily involved with their children (especially the Capulets) parents are never seen and rarely involved

Law and Justice

Lieutenant Shrank is biased the Prince is...
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