Romeo and Juliet v. West Side Story

When Pyramus and Thisbe first went on their rendezvous in the woods, they never would have envisioned that they would be the template on which numerous romantic stories are constructed. The story of the unfortunate enthusiasts, as informed in the Metamorphosis by Ovid, is one that has actually stood the test of time and became the story authors like William Shakespeare, song writers like Bethany Cosentino and directors like Jerome Robbins have actually used to express prohibited love, misconception and loss. These aspects of story have resonated over the ages with audiences due to our desire to love and be oved so much that we would do the most severe things.

Teenagers, specifically, latch on to these story elements due to the addition of authority fgures who misconstrue their capability to have real, grown-up feelings (Flanagan). The story of Pyramus and Thisbe begins with 2 families sharing a wall in a duplex. One household has a child and one a kid. Both are forbidden to see each other, however as the majority of teen-agers do, they find a way around their parents. Through a fracture in the wall too small to even fit their lips, the 2 best looking people in all of Babylon confess their love.

Not able to wait for their parents to provide approval, the 2 select a time and place to meet, in the woods, near the mulberry bush with white flowers. Thisbe showed up prior to Pyramus and while waiting spotted a lioness fresh from the hunt with blood leaking from her teeth and gums. Frightened, she fled to the nearby cave and at the same time, lost her shawl where the lioness tore it to shreds. When Thisbe showed up seeing what appeared to be a dreadful scene of his real love’s thick death, he is conquered with guilt. If just he had shown up quicker.

If just he had actually existed to secure his Thisbe. To punish himself, Pyramus thrusts his dagger into his gut and bleeds to death. Thisbe, feeling brave, came out of the cave to discover her enthusiast. In seeking him she discovers him dead by his own hand. Thisbe is distraught at a life lived without him and plunges the knife into her heart and passes away 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 specifies that “The gods and parents heard her prayer, and they were stirred. Ovid)” suggesting that both parents were warned of the death of their hildren and are stirred in their hearts. If only they had actually enabled the ill-fated likes to be together, they would still be alive. William Shakespeare took the poem of Pyramus and Thisbe and constructed on it to develop Romeo and Juliet, the ultimate love story upon which a lot of others are copied. Romeo and Juliet come from warring families, the Capulets and Montegues. For many years these households have actually fought and brought discord to the sweet town of Verona. Simply as Pyramus and Thisbe, the children of these feuding families would not be allowed to be together.

They satisfy by possibility at a masquerade ball hosted by the arents of Juliet, the Capulets. Romeo and his pals were looking to crash the celebration and shock the night a bit. Romeo is out of sorts due to the fact that he has had a dream where something goes very incorrect and he can not determine what it is. When Romeo immediately in love. There is a little bit of concern when they first discover the real identity of the other, but a whispering on a veranda dulls that concern and they just wish to be together, no matter what. Romeo and Juliet are wed in trick, 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 Romeo a letter explaining that she is going to take a poison that makes it appear like she is dead when she is really only sleeping. As it always is with ill- fated enthusiasts, Romeo never ever gets the message. He is informed that Juliet is dead and not understanding any much better, he goes to her burial place to see for himself. There he eliminates 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 eliminates herself too.

When both sets of moms and dads find out the reality of their love and marital relationship and now their deaths, they are distraught. In similitude of the families of Pyramus and Thisbe, they are then condemned to live their lives with the understanding that had they been more unbiased, their kids would live and well. Like Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is story about unfortunate enthusiasts, misconception and loss. West Side Story was a highly well-known musical that showed on Broadway in 1957 and was made into an award winning motion picture musical in 1961. The resemblances in between the play of Romeo and Juliet and the musical of West

Side Story stand out, however so are the distinctions. West Side Story is about 2 gangs in the streets of New York in the 1950’s: the Jets and the Sharks. The Sharks are Puerto Ricans, new to America and wanting to make a home on their own. The Jets are aiming to keep their streets white and get the Sharks to leave. In the middle of these two warring factions are Maria, sibling to Bernarndo, the head of the Sharks and Tony, best friend to Riff, the head of the Jets. Just like Romeo, Tony has a dream; nevertheless, Tony’s dream is full of inspiration as e feels that the dream is informing him that something fantastic is on the horizon.

Riff attempts to get Tony to inform more about the dream, however Tony can only remember that he seems like something huge is about to take place to him. On that note, Riff persuades Tony to go to a dance and perhaps fulfill the lady of his dreams. Maria and Tony meet at that dance, Similar to Romeo and Juliet. When they see each other, all the contention around them fades as they fall for each other at first sight. Instead of a balcony scene, the whisperings of love and future happiness occur on a New york city City emergency exit.

Maria and Tony keep their secret love to themselves until they can discover the ideal time to tell their family and friends that they want to be together. Regrettably, their hands are required when a rumble between the Sharks and Jets leaves hand. Tony guarantees Maria that he will go and stop the fighting, but when Riff is stabbed by Bernardo, Tony stabs Bernardo in a fit of rage killing the brother of his love. At first Maria is upset and does not comprehend the event, but ultimately 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 apprehended from leaving for the bus visit among the local beat cops. She asks her buddy, Bernardo’s sweetheart, to get a message to Tony. Anita does not desire store. The Jets are at the soda store preparing for more fghting with the Sharks when Anita shows up. She tries to get to see Tony, but the Jets will not let her through. They treat her very terribly and out of aggravation she tells them to inform Tony that Maria is dead, eliminated by among the Sharks in retaliation for her participation 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 kid that was arranged to wed Maria by her brother, and tease him until he finally shoots Tony. Just as Tony grabs for his abdomen, he sees Maria and knows that she is alive. He is relieved to know that she lives and passes away in her arms. Maria, blames the death of her real love on the hatred of the 2 gangs, Simply as moms and dads of Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisbe are to blame for the deaths of their kids, due to their hatred and closed-mindedness.

These stories set the stage for so many more. Stories where the audience hopes that the others will realize the fact prior to it is too late. One such story is the relocation, “An Affair to Remember” 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 trip from Europe to New York in a time when that is how people traveled. They satisfy up several times on the ship and decide to disembark in Villefranche-sur-Mer to go to Nickle’s grandma. On this journey, Nickie recognizes that he has very strong sensations for Terry.

Unfortunately, both are already involved with other individuals. They choose that in 6 months they will fulfill at the top of the Empire State Structure if they are each free of the existing entanglements. Nickie awaits hours on the Empire State Structure but Terry does not show. Disappointed and rejected, he leaves to continue his life without the female he genuinely loves. Little bit does Nickie understand, Terry, on her way to the meeting point, is struck by an automobile and terribly hurt. She is confined to a wheelchair. Not desiring anyone’s pity, she does not call Nickie to explain what occurred.

After a long time both characters et back together with their ex’s. At a possibility conference at the ballet, Nickie and Terry see each other, however he does not discover that she is unable to walk as she is seated in her seat. Sometime later on, Nickie finds Terry and goes to visit her. She stays on the sofa with her legs under a blanket. Nickie has no idea of what has actually occurred to her. The audience is left wishing she would Simply move the blanket and tell the fact so they can confess their love to each other. Luckily, Nickie notices a wheelchair in the bedroom together with a painting of his of the location where they fulfilled.

He moves the blanket and understands what has taken place and they embrace, with Terry specifying, “If you can paint, I can stroll; anything can happen, do not you think (An Affair to keep in mind)?” This story leaves the audience pleased and happy. The tune “Our Deal” by Best Coast likewise has the Romeo and Juliet style of star- crossed lovers bent on damage. 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, satisfies and falls in love with a kid from the Day Trotters, Lucky.

They secretly take away time to be together and confess their love. A gang fght leaves the Night Creepers beat up and a rumble to retaliate is away with her. In action, he spray paints on a wall, “l Can’t … (Best Coast– Our Offer video)” Fortunate goes behind the corner of the wall and Veronica runs away. When they reunite 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 system of a building down do his specific death. Upon seeing what she has done, Veronica diminishes to him. She searches for and see the remainder of the message tagged on the wall, “… it to invest the rest of my life with you (Our Offer)” Veronica, sobbing looks down at Lucky just to see him die in her arms. We can see how these stories connect through the commonness of love, loss and misunderstanding. Pyramus misinterprets the bloody shawl and presumes his love is dead and so eliminates himself. Romeo, having not gotten Juliet’s message, misinterprets the death-like sleep of his real love and eliminates himself, which in turn, triggers Juliet to eliminate herself. Tony, after receiving the incorrect message about Maria, heads out trying to find someone to eliminate him to alleviate him of the discomfort of losing his fan.

Also, Veronica unintentionally kills her love, Lucky, after misinterpreting his message. The only difference in the stories presented here is the among Nickie and Terry, where misunderstanding and lack of details causes Nickie to come to the incorrect conclusion about Terrys absence on the Empire State Building, but in the end of the movie, they solve the concern and presume a pleased ending. One would argue that these elements of love, loss and misunderstanding resonate over the years with audiences due to the fact that we can all relate to these sensations.

Teens, specially, can connect to a love that appears so frustrating due to the fact that it is the focus of much of adolescent life (Appleton). The inclusion of forces like moms and dads or pals preventing that love is also one that teenagers can relate with. Numerous teenagers feel that the only function of an adult or authority fgure is to thwart their happiness. This component makes it easy to blame the parents in both Pyramus and Thisbe and Romeo and Juliet. When we do not get a delighted ending, we want to position that blame on someone and who much better to place that on than the friends and family who avoided the love from thriving?