There is a lot in common between the two plays Romeo And Juliet and WestSide Story.
The main male characters have many things in common. In fact,Toni and Romeo both miss the beginning fight at the beginning of the plays, theyboth fall in love and end up getting killed. The difference between the two isthat Toni takes place in the 1950s”, while Romeo happens in Elizabethan times(the late 1500s). The two main female characters also have many things incommon.
Juliet and Maria both come from families that hate each other’sboyfriend’s families. Something that makes Juliet different from Maria is thatJuliet dies and Maria lives. In both of these plays the main male characterkills a relative of their lover. In Romeo And Juliet, Romeo kills Tybalta,Juliet’s cousin.
In West Side Story, Toni kills Bernardo, Maria’s brother.There was a person in both play’s that tried to make peace. These people werethe Prince and the Lieutenant.
The Prince, from Romeo And Juliet, had toldRomeo and Juliet’s families that if there was another riot that the heads ofeach family will be killed. The Lieutenant, from West Side Story, had told thePuerto Rican’s and the American’s that if they get into another fight they allwill have to go to jail. The difference between the two peace-makers is that thePrince has more power than the Lieutenant. In the story of Romeo and Juliet,Paris wants to marry Juliet against her wishes. Her father wants Paris WestSide Story to marry Juliet. Juliet goes off and marries Romeo without tellinganyone. In Chino wants to marry Maria against her wishes, just like Paris inRomeo and Juliet.
Maria and Toni do not get married, which is in contrast toRomeo and Juliet. Marcucio in Romeo and Juliet, is killed while battling Tybalta.In West Side Story Riff is killed in a knife fight with Bernardo. Both deathsare accidental and cause the hero’s ( Romeo and Toni) to kill the close relativeof their lovers (Tybalta and Bernardo). Both stories conclude in the sadreconciliation of two fighting factions at the cost of the lives of the twoyoung lovers.After comparing and contrasting the two plays I’ve come the conclusionthat Romeo and Juliet is better than West Side Story.
It is better because thelanguage and the story moves in a more interesting manner. “A grooming peacethis morning with it brings. The Sun for sorrow will not show his head. Fornever was there a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo”.