Westside story, plot and sub plot

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Plot and sub-plot

West Side story is set in New York, America. The main plot of the story is to show the rivalry between two gangs in New York. The gangs are known as the Jets, American youths and the Sharks which are young youths from Puerto Rico. The rivalry between the two gangs develop throughout the story, showing how much at war they actually are, but underneath all the chaos a true love story is going on, between character named Tony who was part of the Jets and best friends of their leader called Riff and a beautiful character named Maria, sister of the leader of the Sharks called Bernardo. It is the true love between them both that results to the deaths of both Riff and Bernard and eventually Tony himself. The end of the first act, a planned fight between the rival gangs was organised and ready for battle, however Maria asks Tony to stop the fight and because his love for Maria he promises this. Whist Tony is trying to come between Riff and Bernardo who are both holding knives, Bernardo seizes the moment and stabs Riff. Tony now in shock because his best friend has been stabbed in front of him by the man they all hate, picks up a knife and walks up to Bernardo and accidentally not thinking of the consequences stabs him. It is at this point Tony realises what he has done; he has lost the love of his life because he has killed Maria’s bother. Maria has been told that Tony has killed Bernardo however; Tony has been told that Maria has been shot by Chino which is another main point at the end of this act. Both characters realise that the love of their lives were now lost. Tony is now full of hatred for Chino thinking that he did actually kill Maria, but what Tony doesn’t know is that Chino didn’t kill Maria, but was a lie made up by Doc another character in order to end all the violence between both gangs. Tony goes to find Chino but surprisingly finds Maria. Both are in shock and run towards each other thinking all could be forgotten. Before they can reach each other a gunshot can be heard and Tony falls to the ground and slowly Dies. Maria makes a comment at the end of the story that violence does not solve anything and the story is complete.

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The playwright sets out the play in a way in order to make sure the audience keeps their attention throughout the whole play. The two main scenes at the end of both acts are leaving the audience wanting more. One of the most popular love stories of all time is Shakespeare’s’ Romeo and Juliet’ and it is because of this story that the play engages with the audience because West side story is very similar to this. West Side story was designed for the audience to feel sorry for both Tony and Maria, because of the fact that they ...

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