Romeo And Juliet Compare and Contrast

“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. ” Love is one of the most powerful things that exists, love has the power to cause jubilant behavior and but still has the power to cause complete sorrow. A very well-known and highly recognized play where love demonstrates its ability is in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. One of the most unique things about love is that it doesn’t have an expiration date, in other words, time and date don’t matter; love has always been and always will be the same.

In Romeo and Juliet love is demonstrated through the one and only, Romeo and Juliet. The couple is fiercely in love until they realize that they cannot be together due to their position in social groups; Romeo is a Montague while Juliet is a Capulet. Equivalent to this situation is Maria and Tony in the movie, West Side Story. In the movie, West Side Story, there is a conflict between ethnic gangs. Maria is a part of the “sharks” while Tony on the other hand, is a part of the “jets.

” One can begin to see the similarities between situations but also begin to see differences like their time periods. Romeo and Juliet takes place in the 1500’s while West Side Story takes place in the recent 1950’s. Although both of the settings are in completely different times love allows them to share many similarities such as, the fact that in both, the play and the movie, they fall in love at first sight, the main male character kills a member of the opposing/rival group, and they both have the conflict of being part of opposing groups.

In this book, as well as the movie, love is a very important theme that is portrayed. One, as the reader, can really see the power and strength of love when they fall in love at first sight in both stories. While being faced with the conflict of being from opposing groups, one can really see what people are willing to do when in love. For example, in both stories the main male characters, Romeo and Tony, are forced to kill one of the people from their lover’s side. At this point one can agree that their feelings towards their “love” have gotten the best of them.

The thing about love is that only the people who experience it understand it. People may say that killing another person for love may be a little out of sight but in their situation it was their only option. Both Romeo and Tony are willing to risk just about anything so that they can be with their one and only “love. ” Tony and Romeo falling in love at first sight in both of the stories that take place in completely different places and times, prove my point that love doesn’t have an expiration date.

Love will be around forever and I think that the author, William Shakespeare and the director of the movie, DIRECTOR, do a very well job of authenticating he power of love and demonstrating its power. For the people that have never experienced the feeling of “love” have a really hard time adapting to this concept of doing anything for that person. Im sure that in the both of the stories, their only goal was to be with their lovers and be left alone to be happy, but as we all know, that cannot be due to their position in their social life.