Romeo And Juliet Vs. West Side Story

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Abbie Chapman
Dr. Paula Hutton
MUSC 2013
March 30, 2016
Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story Since the beginning of time people have been intrigued by the story of “two star-crossed lovers”, those who long to be together but never can. Such is the case of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the collaboration work, West Side Story. The purpose of this paper is to show the similarities and differences between these two tragic love stories. Romeo and Juliet is a timeless literary work written by William Shakespeare in 1596. Many people have heard of this famous play, but what many do not know is it was based on another literary work. Shakespeare used Arthur Brooke’s The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet, published just a few decades earlier, as his inspiration; and yes, that is really how the title is spelled (Gottlieb, 2001). The play takes place in Verona, the home of the star-crossed lovers. Romeo belongs to the Montagues and Juliet the Capulets; the two groups have been feuding for as long as anyone can remember. Romeo first meets Juliet at a party the Capulets are throwing. Juliet has been promised to Paris by her father. For Romeo and Juliet, it was love at first sight. They fall in love and secretly get married with the help of Father Laurence. The newly married couple gets one night together before everything starts falling apart. Juliet’s impending marriage to Paris is moved forward. Romeo and his crew get in a fight with Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, and the rest…
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