Comparison and Contrast: La Fille Mal Gardee and Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet is universally known as one of Shakespeare’s tragedies; La Fille Mal Gardee, though, is a comedic ballet. These generic characteristics create a distinct difference between the ballets, as one is more light and humorous while the other is gloomy and solemn. Though the two may have differing endings, the story line is somewhat similar: forbidden love. Romeo and Juliet are forbidden to be together by their feuding families, just as Lise and Colas aren’t supposed to be together due to the differences of social class. La Fille Mal Gardee, though, definitely has a more lighthearted tone. The music is cheerier and the lighting brighter, whereas a large portion of the lighting of Romeo and Juliet is darker. La Fille Mal Gardee also has unique, interesting, and unexpected characters; for instance, when the chickens dance in the beginning, it is done with the intent to bring humor to the audience, as it is highly original to have chickens as actual dancing characters. There is hardly any humor in Romeo and Juliet; while there may be evidence of romance in both ballets, La Fille Mal Gardee is the one that will leave its audience with happiness instead of sorrow. The dancing styles of the two ballets are not so extreme that they are on opposite ends of the spectrum; the two include moments of both quick and slower movements. Romeo and Juliet, though, is known for its slower ballet style while La Fille Mal Gardee is fast, lively, and energetic. 


Lana Rakestraw


2 thoughts on “

  1. While Romeo and Juliet has a darker tone and ending, it is not all that different from La Fille Mal Gardee. Just as Lana stated, the two stories are both about forbidden love. While Romeo and Juliet’s love is forbidden by family, Lise and Colas’s love is forbidden by class. A major difference that stood out to me was the endings. In the end of Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers end up dead. In La Fille Mal Gardee, the two lovers end up getting married and living happily ever after.

    Erica Swilley

    • This is a good analysis of the two plays! Despite the similarities in story line, the way the two ballets differ are how they portray the forbidden love. The emotion in Romeo and Juliet would not be so easily portrayed if it weren’t for the lighting and slower dance that Lana mentioned. La Fille Mal Gardee has much more color and humor which goes along with the happier ending than the one in Romeo and Juliet.

      Danielle Gardner

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