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West Side Story is a modernized musical based on Shakespeares play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet which takes place in Elizabethan times Both of these stories have many similarities but there are a lot of major differences as well Both of these stories are about forbidden love shared between two characters of opposite sides The tragic endings of these stories cause the two opposing sides to finally get along The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is about two lovers from feuding families the Montagues and Capulets At the beginning of the play Romeo Montague is upset so he goes with his cousin Benvolio to a party This is where Romeo meets Juliet Capulet and they fall in love and secretly get married The party is hosted by the Capulets and Romeo isnt welcome there which makes Juliets Cousin Tybalt angry During one scene Tybalt wants to fight Romeo but he knows that Tybalt is Juliets cousin and doesnt really want to hurt him When Tybalt kills Romeos friend Mercutio Romeo kills him which leads to his banishment Juliet is upset about this at first but forgives him because she knows that if Romeo didnt kill Tybalt Tybalt wouldve killed him The nurse who knows about Romeo says that Juliet should just forget about him since he is banished Juliet and the Friar come up with a plan where she makes everyone believe she is dead and Romeo comes and saves her A messenger is sent to tell Romeo about the plan but he never gets the message and believes Juliet is actually dead so he visits her grave and kills himself When Juliet wakes up and realizes Romeo is dead she kills herself as well Paris was also there and tried to kill Romeo before getting to Juliets grave but Romeo killed him first When the families find out what happened it ends the argument between them In West Side Story There are two
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