A Comparison Of Beyond The Love Story And West Side Story

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Beyond the love story People are always rewriting other people’s stories - consciously or unconsciously - cutting and trimming, pasting, rearranging, and adjusting to new times and circumstances, sometimes adding truly creative elements and occasionally actually improving on the original. The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet which was a narrative poem by Arthur Brooke is considered to be William Shakespeare's base source for his famous play Romeo and Juliet (Mabillard). West Side Story (1961) is a widely-acclaimed, melodramatic musical - a modern-day, loose re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tragedy of feuding families. They both involve two young people from opposite families that fall in love, but are kept apart by …show more content…

Romeo and Juliet fall in love at a party. But they come from opposite families. They are sure they will not be allowed to marry. However, they marry in secret instead. Unfortunately, Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a duel, and he is forced to leave Verona. If he ever returns to the city, he will be executed. Juliet's parents told her she must marry Paris. Her parents do not know she is already married. She refuses in the beginning, but later agrees because she plans to fake her death and escape to be with Romeo forever. However, Romeo does not know about the plan, visits her grave, thinks she is dead, and kills himself. When Juliet finally wakes up, she discovers that Romeo is dead and then kills herself. West Side Story involves a feuding between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo who has a younger sister, Maria. Maria is engaged to Chino, but is unhappy with their relationship. One day, Tony and Maria meet by chance and immediately fall in love despite being affiliated with opposite gangs. They continue to meet privately, as an increase in violence between the Jets and Sharks has forced them to keep their love completely secret. The movie ends with Tony gunned down by Chino out of jealousy and revenge. Chino is taken into custody by Officer Krupke, and the Jets and Sharks finally achieve peace, as they work together to retrieve

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