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Final Paper on Movies Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are two very similar movies Though they are alike in many ways they are also very different as well The two movies mirror each other all the way until the fight in West Side Story and until Mercutio dies in Romeo and Juliet When Tony dies in West Side Story and Maria acting as a Juliet the major differences start to show In Romeo and Juliet the two lovers both die in West Side Story Maria lives Instead of fighting between families as the Montagues and the Capulets West Side Story brings out the gang activity Sharks vs Jets Some of the characters in West Side Story are the same personality-type as the ones in Romeo and Juliet These characters Maria as a Juliet Tony as Romeo Bernardo as Tybalt Anita as the Nurse etc have the same attitudes These are only a few of the similarities The opening scenes in both movies are similar also In West Side Story the Sharks harass a man as the members of his gang show up to his side They dont exchange words they just start singing and dancing This is when the cops come to break up the two gangs just like Esclas did in Romeo and Juliet There is another time when Riff talks Tony into attending the dance at the gym as Benvolio talks Romeo into attending the ball At the dance there appears a young girl Maria just as in Romeo and Juliet the exact ideal when Juliet appears When Anita is telling Maria that she cant possibly be in love with Tony for he is an American and Lady Capulet and the Nurse speak to Juliet about the differences between the two families Both girls know that their love is chancing they still are strong-willed in keeping it Both girls are also there to marry people they are not in
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