Romeo and juliet vs. west side story

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romeo and juliet vs. west side story

Romeo and Juliet's balcony scene vs. Westside Story's rooftop scene

The romantic tension between Romeo and Juliet and Tony and Maria in Shakespears original
play and its modern day remake, Westside Story, is what makes them have such passionate
and entrancing scenes. The main reason for romantic tension in these two plays is because
the two couples can't be together like they want to be. There are many different aspects
that create different quality of romantic tension in these two scenes. Although the two
plays have similar plots, the romantic tension between the two lovers is very different
because of the setting, the language and the circumstances in which the lovers face.

In Romeo and Juliet the setting takes place on Juliet's balcony after she has just come
home from the Capulet ball and has met fair Romeo. She is speaking aloud to herself when
Romeo hears her and interrupts. This scene contains so much tension because Romeo has
snuck into her garden and if he were to be caught, he would be killed. In Westside Story,
however, the fear is of Bernardo coming home and seeing them together creates a different
kind of tension.

The language used in these two scenes is quite different. In Romeo and Juliet the majority
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