- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library (1971)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000OKTLKG
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,630,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Romeo and Juliet West Side Story Paperback – 1971
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I find it stimulating and useful to have these two pieces, linked in theme but separated by centuries, together in one volume. Each is a great text on its own, but having them together may help the reader to see each piece in a different light. One of the things I find most striking as one moves from R&J to WSS is how the latter text adds the element of ethnic tension to the fundamental story of "star-crossed lovers."
R&J is more than just a classic piece of literature; it's also a touchstone of pop culture (hey, it's even been incorporated into a "Brady Bunch" episode!). Despite the passage of centuries, I find Shakespeare's portrayal of the joy and pain of forbidden love to remain relevant and compelling. And R&J holds up as a reader's text, even with the availability of filmed versions. I think that WSS, being a musical play, naturally loses some impact as a text strictly on the page, but nevertheless I found it a rewarding reader's text also. One might try listening to a CD of WSS's songs as an accompaniment to reading the text.
To supplement WSS's portrayal of urban Puerto Ricans, I recommend that interested readers seek out some writings by "Nuyorican" authors; to start with, try Roberto Santiago's illuminating anthology "Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings."
Two excellent plays, emphasizing tragic hostility, and highly popular with younger readers.
In Verona, Italy , two powerful families the Montagues and the Capulets have been feuding with each other for years. Old Capulet, Juliet's father, throws a party to which he invites all his friends. Romeo asists to that party and falls instantly in love, but is disappointed when he finds out that Juliet is a Capulet. Juliet notices Romeo too, but she is unaware that he is a member of the hated Montagues.
The very next day, with the help of Romeo's friend Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet are secretly married.
On the day of the wedding, Juliet's cousin, Tybalt is out to get Romeo for crashing the Capulet's party so he starts a fight with his friends. Romeo shows up, but does not want to fight Tybalt because he no longer holds a grudge against Juliet's family. Mercutio is killed. To avenge the death of his friend, Romeo kills Tybalt, an act that will award him even more hatred from the Capulet family. The Prince of Verona banishes Romeo and he is forced to leave Juliet, who is devastated by the loss of her love. Juliet's father, not knowing of his daughter's marriage, decides to marry her to another young man named Paris.
In despair, Juliet consults with Friar Laurence. Then, the Friar will send Romeo to rescue her. Bad news travels fast. Before the Friar can tell Romeo of the hoax, Romeo hears from someone else that his beloved Juliet is dead. Overcome with grief, Romeo buys a poison and goes to Juliet's tomb to die beside his wife.
Inside the vault, Romeo drinks the poison and kisses his last breath next to his sleeping wife.
Moments later, Juliet awakens to see her husband's dead body. With no reason left to live, Juliet kills herself with Romeo's dagger.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shakespeare and Cervantes died in the same year, two different cultural time frames.Published 16 months ago by Rene L. Santiago
It is Every thing I expected, it to Be be and more, these to stories are my two all Time Favorites since I was in High School.Published 16 months ago by Joyce Moore
If you like romance and musicals well you'll like it, I bought it for a class and wasn't bad at all I just skipped the "singing parts" and the rest was nice.Published 19 months ago by Yani
I use this in my classroom. The kids seem to enjoy the story and it is easy to carry and read.Published on August 29, 2013 by Jill Steffey
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I liked the movie. I admit, yes this teen, has a soundtrack of west side story. I found the movie very funny when the guys where singing and dancing but admittedly I cried at the... Read morePublished on April 21, 2004 by L. Sainovich