Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet And West Side Story

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The dramatized plays of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare and West Side story by Arthur Laurents both portray the primary themes of love and conflict. The themes love and conflict can be explained as love is a strong feeling of affection for another, and conflict is unfavourable disagreement upon an issue involving another party or person. This essay will identify how love and conflict is portrayed in Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story with the mutual similarities and differences between both plays relating to the primary two themes. Romeo and Juliet has love portrayed through the love of Romeo and Juliet, and conflict between the Montagues and Capulets. West Side Story portrays love through the intimacy of Tony and Maria,…show more content…
Laurent’s West Side Story has conflict showcased between the rivalry of the Jets and the Sharks, and between the love of Tony and Maria. Laurent’s West Side Story showcases conflict at the beginning of the movie. The Sharks and the Jets “roughhoused” at the Basketball fields. As Schrank remarked upon it: “And I’ve had all the roughhouse I’m gonna put up with around here.” The story portrays more rivalry and conflict when the Sharks and the Jets were deliberating about the terms of an “all-out street fight” said by Riff. Initially, the Sharks and the Jets could not decide on the conditions – mainly out of ego: both parties wanted to best each other at whatever terms the opposite gang may setup – to show the other gang that no matter what they choose, they will win anyway. Towards the end of the play, the Sharks discuss getting even with the Jets: but actually meant to get back at them for the death of Riff. Despite both gang leaders dying, they wanted revenge: and this illustrates the rivalry between the two gangs perfectly. Both gangs want to be superior to one another – and the best way to demonstrate that is to get the last word or hit in. This desire to be superior is demonstrated at the beginning of the play when both gangs chased each other around town trying to hit each other; and both gangs reverted to being defensive by running away or dodging once they got their hit in. Finally, the standoff between both gangs at the dance is a comical display
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