Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and in the Movie West Side Stories

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“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have for both are infinite.” (Act 2, scene 2, 146) Love is a concept that has been around from the beginning of time and will most likely carry on until the end. Everyone has their own love, and their of definition of what love actually means. Probably the most well known love stories of all time in the play from the 15th century, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the tale of young love and fatal misfortune. With the same message the musical from the 50’s, West Side Story directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise carries out a similar story of young love and tragedy. Although some are touched by these love stories, others believe it…show more content…
Last of all The Capulets and the Montagues had a falling out in the town square. “If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace.” (act 1, scene 1, 104) Princes were still around at the time he had the power to do whatever he wanted. Romeo was banished from Verona because of the princes decision. So due to the setting of the 15th century the conflicts were tailored to accommodate the laws and customs of the time.
West Side Story taking place in the 1950’s has different conflicts due to the time period. To begin the conflict between the two groups was completely racial. The two groups consisted of gangs. The Sharks were the Puerto Ricans and the Jets were the Americans. In several instances throughout the musical the Jets refer to the Sharks by their race and tell them to return to Puerto Rico because they do not belong in the United States. Racism became a more popular idea in the 20th century due to the increase in immigration to the United States that was not present in the past. Next the mediator of the decisions was the lieutenant. Being a white the lieutenant also had a preference toward the Americans. Several times he gave lesser punishment to the Jets and and provided them with more rights. In another time that type of racism would not have been tolerated for a person with authority. Lastly of all the concept of rumbles were increasingly common at the time specifically between gangs. At the rumble
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