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The play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare is about two teenagers from rival families Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet that fall in love They must go behind their parents back to be together but their relationship only ends in the death of both of them plus others close to them The book West Side Story written by Arthur Laurents was based on the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet but set in the 1960s with a modern setting to it It is the story of two teenagers from rival gangs Tony a Jet and Maria a Shark that fall in love Their love causes the death of the two most closest people to Maria her brother and her lover When two people fall in love it can cause them to say things that they would never say do things that even go against their family or even bring death to the people affected by their love To begin all four characters began to say things that they had never said and turned into hopeless romantics In act II scene II Juliet is on the balcony of her room and Romeo is speaking to her from below It is still the first day that they had met but the feeling is so strong that Juliet proposes that they get married the next day Romeo says of that night O blessed blessed nightToo flattering-sweet to be substantial In act I scene V of West Side Story Maria says of Tony Only you youre the only thing Ill see forever Then Tony replies And theres nothing for me but Maria Every sight that I see is Maria To continue the strength of the couples love caused them to break their familys rules and sneak around behind their backs A rope ladder is placed beneath Juliets balcony for the use of Romeo to sneak into her bedroom without her parents knowing in act III
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