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Maria as authority figure! SPOILER ALERT! 
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Post Maria as authority figure! SPOILER ALERT!
Dear "WSS" Fans,

I watched the movie version of "West Side Story" for the first time in awhile, and I suddenly realized how serious the entire story was. I was suddenly struck by the sweetness of the relationship between Tony and Maria, and I suddenly realized what an authority figure Maria gets to be during the finale of the movie.

I mean, Maria has been in love, sexy, sad, desperate, and destroyed, but she decides that her stupid town is gonna get SOMETHING right, with regards to the treatment of Tony's death. She won't allow the Jets OR the Sharks to budge one inch, and she even tells the policeman to back off!

I think that the power of Maria's final scene lies with the fact that she provides the ultimate surprise for her lost community. Nobody expects that a girl, and a Puerto Rican girl, at that, will be the one to end the gang violence, silence a racist cop for a moment, and turn an ordinary, wasted death into a moment of forced reverance.

I don't think that the kids ever knew that it would take someone from their OWN generation to stop their violent rivalry.

What do you think of Maria's final actions?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:37 pm
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I think the final scene of West Side is one of the most haunting. And i totally agree with what you said about Maria wanting them to get "something" right.

Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:56 pm
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