Romeo and Juliet v. West Side Story

When Pyramus and Thisbe first went on their rendezvous in the woods, they never would have imagined that they would be the design template on which numerous romantic stories are built. The story of the unfortunate enthusiasts, as informed in the Transformation by Ovid, is one that has stood the test of time and became the story authors like William Shakespeare, tune writers like Bethany Cosentino and directors like Jerome Robbins have actually utilized to express forbidden love, misunderstanding and loss. These elements of story have resonated over the ages with audiences due to our desire to love and be oved a lot that we would do the most extreme things.

Teens, particularly, latch on to these story elements due to the addition of authority fgures who misinterpret their ability to have real, grown-up sensations (Flanagan). The story of Pyramus and Thisbe starts with 2 families sharing a wall in a duplex. One household has a child and one a child. Both are prohibited to see each other, however as the majority of teen-agers do, they find a method around their parents. Through a crack in the wall too small to even fit their lips, the two finest looking people in all of Babylon admit their love.

Unable to wait for their parents to provide consent, the 2 select a time and location to fulfill, in the woods, near the mulberry bush with white flowers. Thisbe arrived prior to Pyramus and while waiting found a lioness fresh from the hunt with blood dripping from her teeth and gums. Frightened, she escaped to the nearest cavern and in the process, lost her shawl where the lioness tore it to shreds. When Thisbe showed up seeing what seemed to be a terrible scene of his true love’s thick demise, he is overcome with guilt. If only he had gotten here faster.

If only he had actually been there to protect his Thisbe. To penalize himself, Pyramus thrusts his dagger into his gut and bleeds to death. Thisbe, feeling brave, came out of the cave to find her fan. In seeking him she finds him dead by his own hand. Thisbe is troubled at a life lived without him and plunges the knife into her heart and dies by his side. Both of their thick, red blood put onto the roots of the mulberry bush, turning the flowers from white to red, which is how they are still today. The last line of the poem states that “The gods and moms and dads heard her prayer, and they were stirred. Ovid)” recommending that both moms and dads were warned of the death of their hildren and are stirred in their hearts. If only they had actually permitted the unfortunate likes to be together, they would still be alive. William Shakespeare took the poem of Pyramus and Thisbe and developed on it to create Romeo and Juliet, the essential romance upon which a lot of others are copied. Romeo and Juliet originate from warring households, the Capulets and Montegues. For many years these families have actually fought and brought discord to the sweet town of Verona. Just as Pyramus and Thisbe, the children of these feuding families would not be permitted to be together.

They meet by opportunity at a masquerade ball hosted by the arents of Juliet, the Capulets. Romeo and his pals were wanting to crash the celebration and shake up the evening a bit. Romeo runs out sorts because he has had a dream where something goes very incorrect and he can not find out what it is. When Romeo instantly in love. There is a bit of issue when they first discover the real identity of the other, but a whispering on a veranda dulls that issue and they just wish to be together, no matter what. Romeo and Juliet are wed in secret, figuring that in time their moms and dads will be fine with it. That does not end up being the case.

Romeo is anished and Juliet is set to wed another. With a little help from the conniving priest, Juliet sends out Romeo a letter discussing that she is going to take a poison that makes it appear like she is dead when she is really only sleeping. As it constantly is with ill- fated fans, Romeo never ever gets the message. He is told that Juliet is dead and not understanding any better, he goes to her tomb to see for himself. There he kills himself so that he can be with his love for the eternities. When Juliet wakes from her death-like sleep and discovers Romeo dead by his own hand, she takes his dagger and kills herself also.

When both sets of parents find out the fact of their love and marriage and now their deaths, they are troubled. In similitude of the households of Pyramus and Thisbe, they are then condemned to live their lives with the knowledge that had they been more open-minded, their children would live and well. Like Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is story about ill-fated enthusiasts, misconception and loss. West Side Story was an extremely well-known musical that revealed on Broadway in 1957 and was made into an award winning movie musical in 1961. The similarities between the play of Romeo and Juliet and the musical of West

Side Story stand out, but so are the distinctions. West Side Story has to do with 2 gangs in the streets of New york city in the 1950’s: the Jets and the Sharks. The Sharks are Puerto Ricans, new to America and seeking to make a house for themselves. The Jets are seeking to keep their streets white and get the Sharks to leave. In the middle of these 2 warring factions are Maria, sis to Bernarndo, the head of the Sharks and Tony, buddy to Riff, the head of the Jets. Much like Romeo, Tony has a dream; however, Tony’s dream has lots of inspiration as e feels that the dream is informing him that something terrific is on the horizon.

Riff tries to get Tony to inform more about the dream, however Tony can only bear in mind that he feels like something huge is about to occur to him. On that note, Riff convinces Tony to go to a dance and maybe satisfy the woman of his dreams. Maria and Tony fulfill at that dance, Just like Romeo and Juliet. When they see each other, all the contention around them fades as they fall in love with each other at first sight. Instead of a veranda scene, the whisperings of love and future joy happen on a New york city City emergency exit.

Maria and Tony keep their secret love to themselves till they can find the ideal time to tell their family and friends that they wish to be together. Unfortunately, their hands are forced when a rumble between the Sharks and Jets leaves hand. Tony assures Maria that he will go and stop the combating, however when Riff is stabbed by Bernardo, Tony stabs Bernardo in a fit of rage killing the bro of his love. Initially Maria is mad and does not comprehend the event, but eventually she tells Tony to not turn himself in and they will run away together.

Tony goes to the soda store to ide from the Sharks and to wait on Maria to fulfill him at the bus stop. Maria is detained from leaving for the bus come by among the regional beat police officers. She asks her good friend, Bernardo’s girlfriend, to get a message to Tony. Anita does not desire shop. The Jets are at the soda store preparing yourself for more fghting with the Sharks when Anita appears. She attempts to get to see Tony, however the Jets won’t let her through. They treat her very badly and out of frustration she informs them to inform Tony that Maria is dead, eliminated by one of the Sharks in retaliation for her involvement with Tony.

When Tony hears that Maria is dead, he is so troubled he goes searching for a fight hoping that a person of the Sharks will eliminate him. He finds Geno, the young boy that was arranged to marry Maria by her bro, and taunt him up until he finally shoots Tony. Simply as Tony grabs for his abdominal area, he sees Maria and understands that she is alive. He is relieved to know that she lives and dies in her arms. Maria, blames the death of her true love on the hatred of the two gangs, Just as parents of Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisbe are to blame for the deaths of their children, due to their hatred and closed-mindedness.

These stories set the stage for numerous more. Stories where the audience hopes that the others will realize the truth before it is far too late. One such story is the move, “An Affair to bear in mind” directed by Leo McCarey and starring Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante and Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay. This story has these two people meeting on a boat journey from Europe to New York in a time when that is how individuals traveled. They fulfill up numerous times on the ship and choose to disembark in Villefranche-sur-Mer to go to Nickle’s grandma. On this trip, Nickie understands that he has really strong sensations for Terry.

Unfortunately, both are already included with other people. They choose that in 6 months they will fulfill at the top of the Empire State Structure if they are each without the current entanglements. Nickie waits on hours on the Empire State Structure however Terry does not show. Disappointed and rejected, he leaves to continue his life without the woman he truly loves. Little bit does Nickie understand, Terry, on her way to the meeting place, is struck by a vehicle and terribly hurt. She is confined to a wheelchair. Not wanting anyone’s pity, she does not contact Nickie to describe what took place.

After a long time both characters et back together with their ex’s. At a chance conference at the ballet, Nickie and Terry see each other, however he does not discover that she is not able to walk as she is seated in her seat. At some point later, Nickie locates Terry and goes to visit her. She stays on the couch with her legs under a blanket. Nickie has no idea of what has actually taken place to her. The audience is left wishing she would Simply move the blanket and inform the fact so they can admit their love to each other. Fortunately, Nickie notifications a wheelchair in the bedroom along with a painting of his of the place where they fulfilled.

He moves the blanket and recognizes what has occurred and they accept, with Terry mentioning, “If you can paint, I can walk; anything can happen, don’t you believe (An Affair to bear in mind)?” This story leaves the audience pleased and pleased. The tune “Our Offer” by Finest Coast also has the Romeo and Juliet style of star- crossed lovers bent on destruction. The video, directed by Drew Barrymore, has warring gangs, the Day Trotter and the Night Creepers tagging up the streets of Los Angeles. A woman from the Night Creepers, Veronica, meets and falls in love with a boy from the Day Trotters, Lucky.

They privately take away time to be together and confess their love. A gang fght leaves the Night Creepers battered and a rumble to retaliate is away with her. In reaction, he spray paints on a wall, “l Can’t … (Finest Coast– Our Deal video)” Fortunate goes behind the corner of the wall and Veronica runs away. When they meet again it is at the rumble. Angry and hurt, Veronica punches Lucky in the face causing him to lose his balance and fall off the roofing of a developing down do his particular death. Upon seeing what she has actually done, Veronica diminishes to him. She searches for and see the rest of the message tagged on the wall, “… it to spend the rest of my life with you (Our Deal)” Veronica, weeping looks down at Lucky just to see him pass away in her arms. We can see how these stories link through the commonness of love, loss and misconception. Pyramus misinterprets the bloody shawl and assumes his love is dead and so kills himself. Romeo, having not received Juliet’s message, misinterprets the death-like sleep of his true love and eliminates himself, which in turn, causes Juliet to eliminate herself. Tony, after receiving the incorrect message about Maria, heads out trying to find somebody to kill him to eliminate him of the pain of losing his lover.

Similarly, Veronica mistakenly kills her love, Lucky, after misconstruing his message. The only difference in the stories provided here is the one of Nickie and Terry, where misunderstanding and lack of info triggers Nickie to come to the wrong conclusion about Terrys lack on the Empire State Structure, however in the end of the movie, they resolve the concern and presume a delighted ending. One would argue that these components of love, loss and misconception resonate over the years with audiences since we can all connect to these sensations.

Teens, specifically, can associate with a love that seems so overwhelming because it is the focus of much of teen life (Appleton). The inclusion of forces like parents or friends preventing that love is likewise one that teenagers can relate with. Many teens feel that the only function of an adult or authority fgure is to prevent their joy. This part makes it easy to blame the parents in both Pyramus and Thisbe and Romeo and Juliet. When we do not receive a pleased ending, we wish to place that blame on someone and who much better to put that on than the loved ones who avoided the love from thriving?