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Romeo and Juliet West Side Story two timeless dramasthat will live forever Although both of these stories havemany similarities there are also many differences Thesedifferences include the differences in sililoquy the fact thatMaria doesnt die the fact that we never see Tony or Mariasparents as well as the issues of marriage the importance ofgangs and families to each story To understand thesedifferences I have read andor watched both Romeo andJuliet and the similar tragedy West Side Story Above I named a few of the many differences betweenWilliam Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Ernest Leamansscreenplay West Side Story One main difference is that inRomeo and Juliet the sililoquy is spoken while in West SideStory there is sililoquy but it is in song While both equallyexpress the characters feelings at the moment it is my feelingthat West Side Storys musical style brings the viewerlistenerfurther into the play and makes the play more effective Anexample of this is when in Act II Scene II of Romeo andJuliet otherwise known as the balcony scene Romeo expresseshis thoughts in a sililoquy until Juliet shows up While inRomeo and Juliet all of this is spoken in West Side Story this iswritten as music shared between Maria and Tony Another major difference between these two stories isthat in Romeo and Juliet Juliet sees Romeo dead and decidesto kill herself While in West Side Story Tony the Romeo ofthe play does die - shot by Chino- Maria is not so stricken andovershelmed that she decides to kill herself This is veryimportant because in Romeo and Juliet neither Romeo orJuliet is allowed to move on with their lives In West SideStory however Im sure Maria although not shown in thefilm moves on and gets over Tony My theory on why the above is true is that Romeo andJuliet are kept apart by family ties or blood Juliet a Capuletand Romeo a Montague
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