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Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are both timeless dramas that will live forever but Romeo and Juliet is a classic that has a much more powerful and tragic impact on the reader than West Side Story Although both of these stories have many similarities there are also many differences These differences include the differences in soliloquy the fact that Maria doesnt die the fact that we never see Tony or Marias parents the issues of marriage and the importance of gangs and families to each story To understand these differences one must read both Romeo and Juliet and the similar tragedy West Side Story Above are named a few of the differences between William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurents West Side Story One main difference is that in Romeo and Juliet the soliloquy is spoken while in West Side Story there is soliloquy but it is in song While both equally express the characters feelings at the moment the soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet uses words and poetry that have a much more powerful and effective impact on the reader than the simple song in West Side Story An example of this is when in Act II Scene II of Romeo and Juliet otherwise known as the balcony scene Romeo expresses his thoughts in a soliloquy until Juliet shows up While in Romeo and Juliet all of this is spoken in West Side Story this is written as music shared between Maria and Tony Another major difference between these two stories is that in Romeo and Juliet Juliet sees Romeo dead and decides to kill herself In West Side Story Tony the Romeo of the play does die but Maria is not so stricken and overwhelmed that she decides to kill herself
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