Love, What Is It Good for?

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Love, Romance Pages: 3 (867 words) Published: January 24, 2000
Love in today's world has been strongly effected by the
social and artistic factors of the past. The question of how has the social environment, in which love is taking place,
effected the people that are in love. In stories like Romeo
and Juliet, the social environment is the major aspect of the main character love life. Because of their feuding families, their love almost did not exisist, but at the same time, if their families where not in this situation, their love might not of been inspired in the first place. Problem's like this show up in hundreds of fiction and true life stories all of the time. The only difference between the love between Romeo and Juliet

and other scenarios such as West Side Story, and Splendor
in the Grass, is that these social situations make the story interesting, therefore, a wonderful love story. In the story, West Side Story, there is a huge social disagreement
between two New York City gangs, the Jets and the
Sharks. The Jets are primarily a white territorial gang that has been sworn to defend there street from a Puerto Rican
gang, the Sharks. This social difference had made these two
groups sworn enemies of each and there fore there, it was
known that there was to be no interaction between the gangs
unless it was expressed in hostility. At a dance on night that both of the racial groups were attending, Tony, a Jets
veteran, had his eye caught by a young girl, Maria, who
happened to be the younger sister of the Sharks leader,
Benardo. Both of the gangs where outraged because Tony
had crossed the social line because his love had ruled out the idea of fighting the Sharks because it was not acceptable.
Therefore, these two people in love, directly inferred with
the social environment during the time that they were living in. In a different sort of social aspect of love, Splendor in the Grass is an excellent example of how a social environment
may be related to people in love. Bud, the main character in the story,...
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