The song America (studied in class) comes from the 1965 film West Side Story which was based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Both works contain the following elements: 

1. Enmity between two groups

2. An impossible love affair

3. A tragic end which helps to reconcile the two communities

TASK: briefly sum up both works, pointing out their similarities and differences. What lessons can we learn from them about today's society?