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A Comparison of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story There is a lot in common between the two plays Romeo And Juliet and West Side Story The main male characters have many things in common In fact Toni and Romeo both miss the beginning fight at the beginning of the plays they both fall in love and end up getting killed The difference between the two is that Toni takes place in the 1950s while Romeo happens in Elizabethan times the late 1500s The two main female characters also have many things in common Juliet and Maria both come from families that hate each others boyfriends families Something that makes Juliet different from Maria is that Juliet dies and Maria lives In both of these plays the main male character kills a relative of their lover In Romeo And Juliet Romeo kills Tybalta Juliets cousin In West Side Story Toni kills Bernardo Marias brother There was a person in both plays that tried to make peace These people were the Prince and the Lieutenant The Prince from Romeo And Juliet had told Romeo and Juliets families that if there was another riot that the heads of each family will be killed The Lieutenant from West Side Story had told the Puerto Ricans and the Americans that if they get into another fight they all will have to go to jail The difference between the two peace-makers is that the Prince has more power than the Lieutenant In the story of Romeo and Juliet Paris wants to marry Juliet against her wishes Her father wants Paris West Side Story to marry Juliet Juliet goes off and marries Romeo without telling anyone In Chino wants to marry Maria against her wishes just like Paris in Romeo and Juliet Maria and Toni do not get married which is in contrast to Romeo and
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