Romeo and Juliet and West Side StoryWhat are the Differences and Similarities b/n Tony and Romeo? could you specify what both characters were doing at the same time   Example of Similarities:...

Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story

What are the Differences and Similarities b/n Tony and Romeo? could you specify what both characters were doing at the same time  

Example of Similarities: Tony and Romeo made foolish decisions

*Tony went to the dance and fell in love with Maria and Romeo went to the Capulet Party and fell in love with Juliet.

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lffinj | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Some similarities between West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet include:  both include "weddings," despite characters knowing each other for a very short amount of time; relationship is forbidden; there are ongoing street fights; there is a dance/feast and there is someone trying to keep peace between the two groups.  Some differences include:  family feud v. gang feud;there are no parents involved and there is no religious personnel involved.  It is interesting to watch WSS a few times, as I see subtle differences/similarities each time I see it.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As has been said above, West Side Story was written as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. With that being the intention, every effort was made to create characters that were as parallel as possible to those in the original work, given that adjustments were necessary to move the story from one period of time to another. Romeo and Tony were both head-strong young men, unafraid to break with upbringing and convention in order to pursue the forbidden "love" offered by Juliet and Maria.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Tony has a job whereas Romeo is of a class where this is not a requirement. The same can be said for Maria as opposed to Juliet. The idea behind West Side Story was to place the story in a modern context, as #3 has said.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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West Side Story is an adaptation, so Tony is based on Romeo. He naturally will have some of the sane traits, such as impulsiveness, sensitivity and immaturity. The differences are mostly reflective of the unique historical settings of each play. Tony chose to join a gang, even if it was expected of him. Romeo could not help what family he was literally born into.
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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Both Tony and Romeo tried to keep their love a secret from their family/gang. Also, both killed a member of their beloved's family. There is also, obviously an homage to Romeo and Juliet in the fire escape scene, which evokes the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet.