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West side story is one of the many spin-offs of William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play that involves two star-crossed lovers who undergo an extreme adventure with their love as the prize West side story take a more modern approach and also involves the illegal love feel with two different characters Tony and Maria There are several similaritys and differences between these two tragic love stories including the familiesgroups involved the characters and the story line To begin with the fighting between both families or the groups involved is something considered a similarity In both of these stories there is a sort of feud between the main groups For example in West Side Story the Jets and the Sharks are fighting of turf in 1950s New York In our other play Romeo and Juliet there is also a sort of fight although the reason is unannounced The terms of the fighting is one other similarity Its a kind of Kill on sight rule They also usually want to be equal so they only fight one on one There are other things these plays have in common though such as the characters The next similarity are the characters For example Tony and Maria play the part of the love-stricken Romeo and Juliet The Nurse also plays a part in West side story as a girl named Anita She is the girlfriend and the leader of the sharks Bernardo Bernardo is an over-protective brother and a potentially violent person Which would make him Tybalt Baby john is perceived personality-wise as Benvolio Although there are many things they share in common there are aspects of the play or musical that are different Last of all a difference between these two stage acts is the story-line West Side Story is more about gangs and violence and the bad side of town Most of the characters are broke or
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