Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story Paper

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Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story


Shakespeare's is one of the most read writers ever and his writing was so successful that
not just one group of people liked it. He did this by relating to his audience using
universal truths. . Human emotions are not something that change over time and they are
also known as universal truths; love, hate, revenge, and envy are all examples of
universal truths. This play was so successful that many other movies have copied the plot
but changed the scenery. Over the past 400 years since this play was written the world has
changed drastically, but the emotions and feelings in this play have withstood the test of
time. This is why the movies, Romeo and Juliet (1996) and West Side Story (1961) were so
successful. Shakespeare's play and the two movies modeled after it have many similarities
and many differences, but one thing remains constant in all of them, They all use
universal truths to relate to their audiences.


Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a timeless play that concentrates on many different
human emotions and reactions. Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are alike in many ways,
they were both very successful in their day. West Side Story is essentially the same play
that was revived in 1961. Like Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria are of opposite
"families", They fall in love and their love is forbidden. Maria is Puerto Rican and Tony
is Irish. In West Side Story they don't get married but they do have a torrid love affair.
The hate between the two groups was modernized to racism and not as many of the main
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