Arthur Laurents

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  • Prejudices in "The West Side Story" by Arthur Laurents

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    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

  • Comparing Arthur Laurents' West Side Story and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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    namely Riff, a combination of Benvolio and Mercutio, and Doc, who appears to fulfill the role of Friar Laurence (possessed somewhat of a peacekeeping nature: "You couldn't play basketball?", he asks, when informed of their upcoming "war council" [Laurents 57]) yet, at the same time, it is implied (in the film version, not the play) that he is a pharmacist, and there was, after all, an apothecary in Romeo and Juliet . The tomboyish Anybodys, a Jet wannabe, would best fit into the role of Balthasar

  • Comparing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet versus Arthur Laurents West Side Story

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    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

  • Realities of West Side Story

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    Juliet, are Jewish; the Montagues, i.e. Romeo, are Catholics. Friar Lawrence will become the neighborhood druggist. The general idea was to create a successful musical that tells a tragic story in a musical comedy. With the suggestion of Arthur Laurents writing the book by Robbins, the idea becomes more of a reality . The New York Times printed an article in later that month with the headline of ‘Romeo to receive musical styling.’ An obstacle they faced was the family versus religion oriented

  • Antoine Laurent Lavoisier: A Brief Biography

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    Antoine Laurent Lavoisier is considered to be the father of modern-day chemistry. He had an unbelievable impact on the way the world views chemistry today. From identifying elements to discovering the importance of the role of combustion, he played an essential part in the world’s scientific ideas and inventions. He was so influential that he is said to have an equal if not greater impact in chemistry as Newton did in physics. Because of these accomplishments, he is considered one of France’s and

  • Comparing the Characters in Laurents' West Side Story and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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    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

  • Theme Of Romantic Love In Romeo And Juliet

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    In the story of Romeo and Juliet, romantic love is portrayed by different artists. Love has the capability to complete someone or destroy someone; both things happen in the story of Romeo and Juliet. In the final scene, love tears both partners apart and ends in a beautiful tragedy. The play Romeo and Juliet, the ballet Romeo and Juliet, and West Side Story portray romantic love with different methods in the final scene, using dialogue, action, music, and choreography. I. The play Romeo and Juliet

  • West Side Story The Musical

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    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. Other projects forced the work aside for six years, and when they returned to it, times had changed. Their idea

  • The History Of Chanel

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    ‘Little Black Dress’ and suit for women. Dior popularized a feminine silhouette, and the concept that a woman’s entire wardrobe could come from a singular designers collection, as he integrated the concept of luxury goods into his collections. Saint Laurent brought prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear, to the forefront of the otherwise exclusive world of couture. By creating less expensive collections, he opened up the world of fashion to many that would have been otherwise unable to financially participate

  • Prejudice In West Side Story

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    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