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A Summary of West Side Story - West Side Story      The drama/musical, which parodies the story of Romeo & Juliet, takes place in a city of New York, probably in the early 50’s late 40’s. It is a tale of two rival gangs, which despises the other in a vicious circle of hate. Riff leader of the Jets; a group mainly of Polish origin and the Sharks of Spanish origin with their leader Bernardo. It seems as though the two rivals have been at their quarrels since before the story took place. Through mysterious fate the neutral one’s from either side meet....   [tags: West Side Story] 378 words
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Prejudices in "The West Side Story" by Arthur Laurents - The book West Side Story written by Arthur Laurents is set in the mid 1950’s, created as modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story is a romantic tragedy about two characters that are supposedly completely different and aren’t accepted when they fall in love. The “difference’s” between these characters is centered on the prejudice’s they had against each other. Prejudice is a harsh opinion or feeling formed previously without any knowledge or reason. The Jets and the Sharks used many prejudices against other races, sex, and age....   [tags: West Side Story, Arthur Laurents, Shakespeare, Rom] 806 words
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Analysis of West Side Story - Analysis of West Side Story West Side Story came out in 1961 as a melodramatic musical that took place in New York. It takes the same theme as Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet, in that it is about two lovers whose relationship is not accepted by others because of conflicting backgrounds. The artistic intensions of this film are implicitly stated everywhere throughout the film. All of the dancing, singing, acting and pretend fighting was done thoroughly and very well, although the miking and mixing during the pretend fighting did not seem realistic....   [tags: Film West Side Story Movie Essays Papers] 1149 words
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The Namesake and West Side Story - Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s West Side Story (USA, 1961), a classic American film, and Mira Nair’s The Namesake (USA, 2006), a more contemporary film, both tell the story of young adults seeking out the American Dream. In both West Side Story and The Namesake, we see young people taking chances at love, while living out their lives and the American Dream. We experience the challenges that come with interracial relationships and the cultural influences that sadly put an end to the relationships....   [tags: American Dream, immigration, culture]
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Realities of West Side Story - Realities of West Side Story Filmed in 1961, West Side Story is a modern-day telling of Romeo and Juliet. Two youths struggle with their forbidden love as two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, duel. At the end of the film, Maria says, “You all killed him […] with hate!” This is a universally acknowledged theme that hate can kill. West Side Story is said to be a “morality play about “our” everyday problems: racism, poverty, and the destructiveness of violence” . Shortly after 1949 had been rung in, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins were already hard at work....   [tags: american music, modern-day telling]
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Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story - Love Measured In Time “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have for both are infinite.” (Act 2, Scene 2, 146) Love is a concept that has been around from the beginning of time and will most likely carry on until the end. Everyone has their own love, and their of definition of what love actually means. Probably the most well known love stories of all time in the play from the 15th century, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the tale of young love and fatal misfortune....   [tags: Comparison, Time Eras, Tragedy]
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The Importance of West Side Story - West Side Story is one of the great contributors to musical theatre, in particular Broadway where it originally opened on September 26 1957 at the Winter garden Theatre. The production ran for 732 performances before entering the world of film in 1961. However, I believe its significance lies in the heart of the theatre where the audience is subjected to different styles of music, dance and of course an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In fact, Leonard Bernstein first decided to call his play East Side Story but opted against it, due to social relevancy....   [tags: Music] 994 words
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Prejudice In West Side Story - In the book West Side Story by Arthur Laurents there were many prejudices. Prejudice is a favoring or dislike of something without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge. There were prejudices in West Side Story that had to do with the types of people, their races and sex. Sometimes prejudice can be in small doses and can be meaningless, other times prejudice can be very serious and cause death. Prejudice was the theme of this story, there are many examples.For instance, an act of prejudice in West Side Story was the Puerto Ricans disliking the Americans and vice versa....   [tags: essays research papers] 506 words
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West Side Story The Musical - West Side Story The Musical *No Works Cited West Side Story is one of the most influential musicals of all time. It's integration of dance and song into the plot was very innovative, because even though it had been done before, it had never been done this well. Jerome Robbins had thought of an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet to a Broadway musical in 1949. He began discussions with librettist Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein of a musical called East Side Story, with a plot concentrating on a Catholic girl and a Jewish boy....   [tags: Papers] 508 words
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"Romeo and Juliet" and "West Side Story": A Thematic Comparison - Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story share many similar themes. Romeo and Juliet both chronicle a story of overcoming prejudice and hatred, forbidden love, and defying stereotypes that nobody thought could be broken. The two stories are similar in a multitude of ways, even though their settings are centuries apart- Romeo and Juliet set in the 1500’s, and West Side Story set in the 1950’s. Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story both teach a lesson of how prejudice can teach you how to hate, and how one of your rivals may be the one who helps you remember how to love....   [tags: Literary Themes] 1190 words
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A Closer Look to Home, West Side Story and Rent - Home is not always a place of comfort and security. In the film adaptations of Broadway musicals West Side Story (dir. Robbins, Jerome & Wise, Robert. 1961) and Rent (dir. Columbus, Chris. 2005), the experience of home is wrought through struggle, alienation, and suffering. West Side Story takes place in the New York City’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, and Rent in the Lower East Side in 1989-90. West Side Story, based loosely on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, explores themes of immigration and cultural difference, and subsequent matter of resistance....   [tags: alienation, suffering, cultural differences, race]
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story - In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet the audience learns that love is both a creative and destructive force, through the deaths of two young and in love teens and those around them. The play starts out in Verona with a feud between two families, the Capulets, and the Montagues. Romeo is a Montague, while Juliet is a Capulet. Their relationship was doomed from the beginning and there are many deaths all leading up to the deaths of themselves.Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story teaches us that everyone has control of their own life and to make the most out of it....   [tags: contrast, character portrayal, analysis]
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West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim - Musical theatre is a type of theatrical performance combining music, dance, acting and spoken dialogue. Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, ‘West Side Story’ is a classic American musical based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The through-composed score and lyrics are used to portray different characters and their cultures, the rivalry between the Jets and Sharks, and the emotions felt as the story progresses. This essay will be exploring the music and how effective the score is in realising the world and characters of the musical....   [tags: musical theatre, music, dance]
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West Side Story - In 1961, West Side Story, a filmed version of the hit Broadway musical that was inspired by William Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet," was released to viewers, who just could not resist the energy and excitement of the movie. Thirty-eight years later, viewers, like myself, still cannot resist it. I had never seen the film, which was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, before, but I had always wondered why people loved this multi award-winning movie so much. After viewing the film, I think that it deserved the ten Academy Awards that it won because it has withstood the test of time and it truly is a remarkable film....   [tags: essays research papers] 751 words
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West Side Story - West Side Story In this musical, it uses several types of narratives, for example, after the fight between the Jets and Puerto Ricans, after the police leave, they enter the ally and the girl is begging to join the gang saying how much she wants to fight is a part of narrative sexuality (B 34). The girl is more of a tom boy who wants to be like one of the guys. Also, in the West Side Story, it uses many camera angles and distances. One example is the high-angle shot (B 49). In the very beginning the camera shows an overview of the West Side....   [tags: essays research papers] 543 words
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West Side Story - West Side Story Day 4: 2-page essay The West Side Story portrays the lives of two different gangs living in America, as well as their beliefs and examples of living a good life. The expectations of what people consider the good life to be may vary on a person’s morals and their dreams of what life is truly about. In this movie, whether or not these characters were good people, lived a good life, or lived in a good society is a very controversial topic. The characters of the West Side Story were not good people....   [tags: essays research papers] 733 words
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West Side Story - West Side Story 1. Point out how the general setting of the play is established. Give at least two examples. The play West Side Story takes place in a suburb on the West Side of New York City. We can conclude that we are talking about a socially disadvantaged suburb as the surrounding area is described with high brick walls, not very attractive and by the presence of the two gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. We are also able to say in which time period the actions take place. As an indicator we are using the dance at the gym in Act I,Scene 4, where Tony and Maria first meet....   [tags: English Literature] 1122 words
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Comparing the Outsiders and West Side Story - The Outsiders and West Side Story I read the book The Outsiders and watched the movie the West Side Story, they had many similarities but they also had their differences. I enjoyed both the book and the movie they were very well written. I will tell compare and contrast the book and the movie. In the book The Outsiders the people joined the gang for protection from the Socs who liked to jump them like in the West Side Story the people join for there protection against the other gang from kicking them out but they also join to protect their place to live....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 558 words
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Comparing West Side Story and The Outsiders - West Side Story and The Outsiders West Side Story is a book about two gangs living in a large city. The Outsiders is a book with the same concept, two gangs that are archrivals. Even though two different authors wrote these books during two different time periods, they have the same story line. These books are realistic, because gang rivalry is still going on today. They are different, since they were written separately. Also, both these books have different problems between the main characters....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 607 words
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A Short Review of The West Side Story - One of the things that first struck me about the play was that the characters believed they lived a good life. I saw the exact opposite. The good life is shown through success, success through a career, education, goals, and love, or at least we are brought up thinking so. The gangs only had one another and without the support of that gang, these boys/characters would not exist as individual human beings. The Jets did not want to have jobs, and they mocked the ex-gang member, Tony, for leaving the gang to make a future for himself....   [tags: essays research papers] 807 words
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West Side Story Analysis - Characters/Roles. 1. Riff- He is the leader of the Jets. Founded it with Tony. A wild man that acts like a punk and dies in a fight. 2. Bernado- Leader of the sharks, the Puerto Ricans, he is a young immigrant to America. He dies in a fight with Riff, but Tony kills him. He is integral in helping to spur the gang rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets. 3. Maria- She falls in love with Tony, a rival jet. They become lovers and due to her Tony dies, and the gang wars end. 4. Officer Grubky- A policeman, he hates both gangs, but favors the Jets....   [tags: essays research papers] 497 words
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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story - Romeo & Juliet vs. West Side Story Shakespeare's is one of the most read writers ever and his writing was so successful that not just one group of people liked it. He did this by relating to his audience using universal truths. . Human emotions are not something that change over time and they are also known as universal truths; love, hate, revenge, and envy are all examples of universal truths. This play was so successful that many other movies have copied the plot but changed the scenery. Over the past 400 years since this play was written the world has changed drastically, but the emotions and feelings in this play have withstood the test of time....   [tags: Shakespeare Literature Tragedies Essays] 719 words
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Comparing Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story - Comparing Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story In this piece of coursework I will be analysing the technical aspects of the opening scenes in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. I will be talking about the body language, costumes, colour schemes, the sounds, music and camera angles used in each of the films. Both these films are about two lovers who fall in love despite being in rival gangs or families, which eventually leads to both lovers from both the films to being killed or committing suicide....   [tags: Papers William Shakespeare Movie Film Essays] 922 words
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Romeo and Juliet / West Side Story - A Comparison / Contrast - Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story both have a lot in common as well as major differences that set them apart. Although West Side Story is a direct rendition of Shakespeare's original play, many of the themes and symbols are altered to fit the modern perspective. The characters have a direct correlation to each other, yet racial issues give them a new light. Many of the events also reflect each other, yet small differences give them uniqueness. West Side Story differs from Romeo and Juliet in characterizations, plot sequences, and themes....   [tags: essays research papers] 993 words
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Contrast Of Romeo And Juliet and West Side Story - Works Cited Missing Three Hundred Fifty Years of Blind Love: A Contraposition of Shakespeare and Robbins’ Romeo and Juliet Andy Warhol once said, "They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself." Two hundred fifty years passed between the original Romeo and Juliet and the premiere of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. However, time did not change the message of the story, simply the creators’ unique visions evolved. Shakespeare’s delivery of the timeless tale of desperate love in his classic Romeo and Juliet proves to only intensify through retelling and modern interpretation....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison] 1657 words
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Romeo And Juliet - Comparisson To West Side Story - The play West Side Story, by Arthur Laurents, is based upon the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Despite a few differences, both works, in essence, have the same plot. The source of violence in Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story is the ever-present hatred between families and between gangs, although, because of the "star-cross’d lovers" motif in Romeo and Juliet, the hatred plays a larger role in producing the ending of West Side Story than it does the ending of Romeo and Juliet....   [tags: essays research papers] 1421 words
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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story - Romeo & Juliet vs. West Side Story What would Romeo and Juliet be like if Juliet hadn't died. What if Paris killed Romeo, instead of vice versa. What if instead of occurring several centuries ago, it took place on the streets of New York City during the 1950s, with a bunch of fresh-faced youths posing as street toughs and dancing and singing their hearts out. Well, just take a look at West Side Story, and you will have your answers. It is impossible for anyone familiar with both texts to not note the obvious major similarities between the two plays....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet Essays] 1850 words
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Comparing Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story - In plays, as in real life, individuals’ actions can change the course of events in theirs, as well as, other individuals’ lives.  In both Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, the lovers were forced to take their own lives or be killed because of fate and the actions of others.             In Romeo and Juliet, one character who is partly responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Tybalt.  Tybalt enrages Remeo and causes him to kill Tybalt.  In Romeo and Juliet, this brings about Romeo’s exile from Verona.  If Romeo had not been exiled from Verona, he would have heard of Friar Lawrence’s plan to keep Juliet from getting married.  If he had known of the plan, he would not have gone to...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 544 words
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Comparing Romeo and Juliet and The West Side Story - Comparing Romeo and Juliet and The West Side Story Romeo and Juliet, the West Side Story, both amazing stories both end in tragedy, one more some on less. They were both different, yet based on the same story line. There were a lot of similar things and a lot of different things. You will soon learn the differences, the similarities and the different atmosphere within each story. Romeo and Juliet takes place in a time, where guns and basic engineering had not been introduced. Where swords and daggers were used to enforce law....   [tags: Papers] 640 words
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romeo and juliet vs. west side story - Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene vs. Westside Story’s rooftop scene The romantic tension between Romeo and Juliet and Tony and Maria in Shakespears original play and its modern day remake, Westside Story, is what makes them have such passionate and entrancing scenes. The main reason for romantic tension in these two plays is because the two couples can’t be together like they want to be. There are many different aspects that create different quality of romantic tension in these two scenes....   [tags: essays research papers] 434 words
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West Side Story - The movie takes place in the West Side of New York, in the late 1950s.The Jets are a teenage gang of American boys determined not only to check but to destroy the growth of Puerto Rican population and influence on their block. They are opposed by a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, led by Bernardo. In the entirely dance sene, the members of the two rival gangs provoke each other. A fight breaks out between them, but it's broken up by the arrival of two cops. After the police has got rid of the Puerto Ricans, Riff, the leader of the Jets, informs his gang that he will challenge Bernardo to a decisive rumble that night at a dance....   [tags: essays research papers] 720 words
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Impulse Thinking in the Works of William Shakespeare - Every day people make thousands of decisions. Some decisions are made without even having to think about them. Sometimes people make decisions out of anger, happiness, or depression. Choices can often be very impulsive. The meaning of impulsive is to think and react to any situation very fast. For example murder, excitement, or suicide can all be examples of acting impulsively. In Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado about Nothing, and West Side Story there are many situations of acting impulsively. As stated in the intro, one act of impulsive thinking is suicide....   [tags: romeo and juliet, west side story] 583 words
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The Challenge of Being in Love - “Falling in love is easy; staying in love is a challenge.” This quote, by an unknown author, is a huge part of life. Many people just want to fall in love with someone and spend the rest of their life with them. This is so much easier said than done. It’s universal to think that someone’s closest family and friends will always have their back; in reality, the biggest challenge of staying in love is overcoming what others around you believe. This idea is prominent in the classic play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, where Juliet is part of the Capulet family and Romeo is part of the rival family, the Montagues, as well as in the heartfelt musical West Side Story directed by Jerome Robbins and...   [tags: West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet] 1161 words
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Comparing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet versus Arthur Laurents West Side Story - Comparing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet versus Arthur Laurents West Side Story In approximately 1594, William Shakespeare began to write one of the most well known tragedies in history, Romeo and Juliet. Arguably, no author to date has matched Shakespeare's skill and beauty in the creation of this work. However, authors have regurgitated and will continue to regurgitate the theme, "star-crossed lovers", for centuries. Martha Duffy remarks in "West Side Glory", "Slang may change and violence escalate, but the theme of star-crossed city kids has never dated, nor has its appeal diminished" (p....   [tags: Papers] 1057 words
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Comparing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet versus the West Side Story - Comparing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet versus the West Side Story These stories are similar and different in many ways and they aren't the only stories in the category of romance. Romeo and Juliet is a classic story of love, hate, and conflict. Same thing with West Side Story, the conflicts are a little different but the love part of the story is basically the same. If you were to watch West Side Story after you watch Romeo and Juliet you might even think it is some kind of a sequel or an updated version of the story....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 601 words
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Comparing the Characters in Laurents' West Side Story and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Meshing Together of Characters in Arthur Laurents' West Side Story and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The meshing of characters between Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s West Side Story formulate significant similarities between the two. In Romeo and Juliet the story of “Two households both alike in dignity,” (Montagues and Capulets) who have been feuding is parallel to the two gangs in West Side Story (Jets and Sharks). This grouping of loyalties keeps the segregation of the two groups at a dead lock, thus producing the tension that keeps the two lovers in each play (Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria) in the unattainable, intangible realm of their idealistic love....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Arthur Laurents' West Side Story and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Although the discrepancies between Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are too frequent to categorize in such limited space, it is impossible for anyone familiar with both texts to not notice the obvious similarities between the two works ("Theme").  From the opening scenes in both, up through the rumble in West Side Story/death of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the plays mirror each other (Poelstra).  It isn't until the last part of West Side Story, where Tony (our modern-day Romeo) dies and Maria (Tony's Juliet) doesn't (unlike the two star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare's work, both of whom perish), that the major difference between the two works becomes apparent....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Comparison of Scenes From West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet - A Comparison of Scenes From West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet Cinematography The scene before the meeting scene in West Side Story Maria spins around in her dress the camera then carries on spinning which creates a colourful blurred effect on the screen. The effect makes her look like she is almost spinning into the next scene. When Tony and Maria meet, all the other characters that were dancing, slow down and fade behind Tony and Maria. The room becomes dark and there is a spotlight on Maria and Tony....   [tags: Papers] 793 words
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Directing and Acting in Plays West Side Story and Blood Brothers - Directing and Acting in Plays West Side Story and Blood Brothers For paper one unit two we were told by our teacher that we have to become an actor and a director of certain plays. The plays that we choose and are using for our coursework are 'West Side Story' and 'Blood brothers'. In this essay I will be describing the experience of the director and actor. I will explain positives and negatives and how things work out. Thought this essay I will be mentioning explorative strategies that helped me develop into becoming an excellent director and actor....   [tags: Papers] 548 words
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Performing Arts in Context Log Book West Side Story, The Romeo & Juliet - Performing Arts in Context Log Book West Side Story, The Romeo & Juliet (Baz Lurhman Version) And The Original Version: Character Analogies Voice 1 Log Book Vocal/ Physical Warm-Ups for Actors and Speakers Breathing: Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. Do this 5 times. Inhale through the nose, filling lungs to 90% capacity, and then quickly fill up. Exhale with a relaxed a-a-a-h. Do this 5 times. Stretching: Stretch your neck to one side (ear to shoulder), then the other. Do this twice....   [tags: Drama] 2091 words
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Differences in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and the Movie West Side Stories - FIrst and foremost, there is a difference between the musical West SIde Story directed by Jerome Robbins and the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare seen in the first scene of each. In Shakespeare’s tragic play, two houses are feuding. The two royal houses are the Capulets and the Montagues. Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. And then in West Side Story, there are two gangs in New York that each lover’s family is a part of. Maria’s brother is a part of the Puerto Rican gang called ‘The Sharks’ and her lover, Tony, was a part of the caucasian gang ‘The Jets’....   [tags: houses, gangs, married, balcony, couples] 596 words
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Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and in the Movie West Side Stories - “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have for both are infinite.” (Act 2, scene 2, 146) Love is a concept that has been around from the beginning of time and will most likely carry on until the end. Everyone has their own love, and their of definition of what love actually means. Probably the most well known love stories of all time in the play from the 15th century, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the tale of young love and fatal misfortune....   [tags: love misfortune, tragedy, fools] 865 words
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The Story of Israel - Their Story or Ours In a recent conversation with a friend of mine I was telling him about my interest in wanting to visit Israel, he expressed that he had been there several times and we got into a discussion about sites and cities, a few of which I was familiar with the English pronunciation of. Within one of his stories he told me about an experience he had while on his birthright trip, a trip that is funded by Jewish organizations so that young adults between the ages of 18-25 with Jewish ancestry experience their historical roots in the holy land for 2 weeks....   [tags: jewish, west bank, palestine] 3325 words
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East Side Gallery: The Right to Keep it Standing - Imagine visiting your relatives graves in Europe. Imagine feeling excited to go and see some of your family history. Imagine going up to your relatives headstone and thinking that you will see their names, and dates written on it. Unfortunately, that is not the case, because when you get there, the headstone is broken and is laying all over the leaves and dirt across the grave, shattered into pieces. You think about all the memories you had with them, when they were alive, and you can’t help but wonder ‘’why would someone ruin a person’s legacy and a piece of history like that?’’ The standing remainder of the Berlin Wall is just like that....   [tags: east and west berlin, the berlin wall]
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The Story of the Everlasting Cold War Between The West and The East - The Story of The Everlasting Cold War Between The West and The East After the end of the Second World War II, The United States became a powerful, respected empire and kicked off with the determination to maintain the success of its military and its economy. Its past experiences with wars and its effective diplomatic influences inserted disquieting concerns in the heart of the Soviet Union that has held the ideology of communist expansion close to its heart. In this paper, the focus is to discuss the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union and how it led the United States to enter a non-conventional war named the Cold War that manifested itself in myriad occasions....   [tags: World War II, World History, Cold War]
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Failure in Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust - In Nathanael West’s “The Day of the Locust,” multiple characters are introduced within Hollywood, California, which is widely regarded as the national capital of the film industry. One main character focused on throughout the novel is Tod Hackett, who West portrays as being superior to the fantasy observed around him. Many of the characters have traveled to Hollywood in pursuit of a personal, ambitious goal. However, there is a reoccurring theme of failure in their pursuits due to the fictitious personalities and actions they have created for themselves influenced by a setting full of artificialness....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1424 words
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Talking to the Other Side - In Todd Jay Leonard’s book, Talking to the Other Side, he explores how mostly Judeo-Christian roots evolving into radical Puritan religions of the 17th and 18th centuries in America played a role in the formation of a religious movement that would and still does, cater to the needs of those who could not find satisfaction in such fundamentalist Christian religions. He subsequently talks about how Spiritualism, which “provided people with a renewed sense of hope philosophically, that there was something beyond this earthly experience…and [that] no matter how sinful a person was in life on earth, salvation and redemption was at hand for those who were willing to work toward it in spirit” (Leo...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Jay Leonard] 1628 words
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Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust is said by many to be the best novel to be written about Hollywood. When we immediately think of Hollywood, we think of a glamorous story, in the picturesque setting of Los Angeles, full of characters with abundance of talent living the much sought after American dream. This is perhaps what sets West’s novel apart from the rest. The story is full of characters that have a vague impression of the difference in reality and fantasy in life. The characters are submerged in their lives in Hollywood, with what seems to be a false reality on how the world works....   [tags: Hollywood, corruption, Homer Simpson]
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