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West Side Story vs. Romeo and Juliet

            West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet .
             West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet are basically two movies about star-crossed lovers from two different "families". In the case of West Side Story, Maria is a young woman from a Puerto Rican family and has a brother in a gang called the Sharks. Tony is an American who has separated himself from his former gang, the Jets. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet comes from a royal family, the Capulets. Romeo comes from another royal family, the Montagues. These two stories have a basic thing in common---in West Side Story, the Sharks and the Jets hate each other; in Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets and the Montagues hate each other.
             Romeo and Juliet takes place during the Renaissance era in Verona, Italy. The story starts with Romeo's cousin, Benvolio, and Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, facing off against each other in a civil brawl. The police chief stops them and warns them that if they ever fight again, they will all be put to death. After the brawl, Benvolio tries to reassure his cousin, Romeo that Rosaline isn't the only girl in the whole world. Later that night, Mercutio, Romeo's friend, takes them to a party The Capulets are having. Tybalt sees Romeo and wants to kill him but Capulet, Juliet's father, says that he doesn't want another brawl while the party is going on. Romeo sees Juliet and immediately falls in love. After the party is over, Romeo goes for a walk to see Juliet. He stands by her balcony until she comes out. They talk for a while and then Romeo says he wants to get married. Juliet agrees and Romeo says he would find Friar Lawrence to do the ceremony. The next day, Romeo and Juliet get married secretly. Tybalt goes looking for Romeo and runs into Mercutio, Benvolio, and Romeo. Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt. Juliet is told that her cousin is dead and Juliet still loves Romeo. Romeo is exiled from Verona and Romeo's mother dies of grief. Juliet asks Friar Lawrence if there is anything she can do and Friar Lawrence gives her a vial of a medicine that puts someone into a deep sleep, making the person seem dead.

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