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eRomeo and Julietf
 
By William ShakespeareBy Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim
 
C
omparison Paragraph Assignment Sheet
 The paragraph
: You will be writing an expository comparison paragraph comparing one character from
West Side Story 
to the corresponding character from
Romeo and Juliet 
. Review the required paragraph organization and sampleparagraph, then complete your paragraph at the bottom of this page under the section titled
 Y 
our paragraph.
 Once your paragraph is complete, please print this page and turn in for credit on
 Thursday, April 1
st
.
Organization:
Your topic sentence should be the following, with the characters' names in the blanks:
  __________ from
West Side Story 
is similar to __________ from
Romeo and Juliet 
.
 
 
I
n each
example
, you will
name one similarity between the two characters 
.
o
 
Remember to include
transition words 
in your example sentences.
 
P
rovide
at least two sentences 
of 
explanation
for each example.
o
 
D
o this by explaining how each character demonstrates the similarity in the roles they play.
 Sample Paragraph:
 
D
oc from
West Side Story 
is similar to Friar Lawrence from
Romeo and Juliet 
. First, they both learn the secretsof the main characters. Tony tells
D
oc that he is in love with Maria. Romeo tells Friar Lawrence that he is in love with Juliet. Both
D
oc and Friar Lawrence also give advice to other characters.
D
oc tells the gang members that they should not be so violent. He says they will end up in their graves if they do not change their ways. Friar Lawrencetells Romeo that he should love moderately in order to make love last longer. Finally, both characters try to helpothers be together.
D
oc gathers money so Tony and Maria can run away together. Friar Lawrence marries Romeoand Juliet and makes two different plans for them to be together despite their feuding families.
D
oc and FriarLawrence have similar roles in these two plays.
 Y 
our paragraph: Tony from West Side Story is similar to Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. An example of this is that both characters are males. Another example is that they both fall in love with a woman. Theyare also similar because they both end up dying in the end. Romeo drinks a potion and dies. Tony getsshot. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo kills himself because he thinks Juliet is dead; but in West Side Story, Tony gets killed but Maria is still alive. In conclusion, these two characters are very similar.

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