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Romeo and Juliet West Side Story two timeless dramas that will live forever Although both of these stories have many similarities there are also many differences These differences include the differences in sililoquy the fact that Maria doesnt die the fact that we never see Tony or Marias parents as well as the issues of marriage the importance of gangs and families to each story To understand these differences I have read andor watched both Romeo and Juliet and the similar tragedy West Side Story Above I named a few of the many differences between William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Ernest Leamans screenplay West Side Story One main difference is that in Romeo and Juliet the sililoquy is spoken while in West Side Story there is sililoquy but it is in song While both equally express the characters feelings at the moment it is my feeling that West Side Storys musical style brings the viewerlistener further into the play and makes the play more effective 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 sililoquy 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 While in West Side Story Tony the Romeo of the play does die - shot by Chino- Maria is not so stricken and overshelmed that she decides to kill herself This is very important because in Romeo and Juliet neither Romeo or Juliet is allowed to move on with their lives In West Side Story however Im sure Maria although not shown in the film moves on and gets over Tony My theory on why the above is true is that
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