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West Side Story

analytical Essay
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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. The two gangs focused their lives on fighting with each other rather than attempting to get along and accept the differences between them. The gangs did not have any hopes or aspirations for their futures and cared about nothing more than being in a gang. Each gang made one mistake after another and never learned from any of them nor did they try to. Doc, an old and wise man, informed the boys with his knowledge and tried to open the eyes of both gangs to the hatred that engulfed them. Everything Doc had to say went through one ear and out the other, because the boys refused to see past their differences. The Jets, one of the gangs, accept what society believes of them and never make any effort to erase their bad history. They listen to what others tell them, agreeing to the excuses for their bad behavior. This is just one example of how the boys do not attempt to make a better life for themselves, or try t...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how 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.
  • Analyzes how the characters of the west side story were not good people. they focused their lives on fighting with each other rather than attempting to get along and accept the differences between them.
  • Analyzes how tony's character contradicts the beliefs of the jets, allowing viewers to see into the minds of gang members and their beliefs about the good life.
  • Analyzes how the west side story did not demonstrate a good society. the gangs learned to be negative towards one another, because people of higher authority did the same.
  • Explains that west side story does not show people an example of good people, the good life, or a good society, but it does provide viewers with an alternative lifestyle that so many people live.
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