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Romeo and Juliet vs West Side Story Comparison The playwrights of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story even though are separated by centuries are very similar In both plays there is love between two enemies At the end there is a tragic fate that tears apart the lovers forever The only character difference between the plays is the lovers reaction to the other lovers death Both plays are considers great works of writing In both of the plays a member of one family or gang falls in love with another member of an enemy family In the play West Side Story Maria a member of the Sharks and Tony a member of a rival gang called the Jets fall in love at a dance It was during a mambo that Tony and Maria see each other and begin to dance This doesnt last long before Marias brother Bernardo breaks them up They meet afterward in an alleyway where Tony says I love you163 to Maria Maria then tells Tony that All the world is only you and me161 They are then determined to find a way to move beyond the rivalry between gangs to be with each other This is the same situation that Romeo and Juliet met in Romeo and some other members of the Montague family attended a party thrown by an enemy family the Capulets When Romeo set eyes on Juliet he was amazed He asked himself Did my heart love till now42For I never saw true beauty till this night42 Later he approached Juliet and then after speaking with her they kissed Later they both found out that they are in love with their sworn enemies Juliet at this thought replies My only love sprung from my only hate46 That same night they meet again at Juliets balcony The reaction to their lovers death differs drastically between the plays When Juliet finds
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