Both of these romantic ballet’s had very similar storylines. The major difference that I noticed was that in Giselle, the young woman is the character that fall out of love with her betrothed and into love with another man. While in La Sylphide, the young man is the character to fall out of love with his fiancé. However in La Sylphide, the poor young man did not even fall in love with a real woman, rather a mystical slyph from the forest. At least Giselle’s lover was a real man. However, real or not, Giselle and her lover could never be together because of the differences in their social status just like James from La Sylphide could never be with the sylph he was entranced by, because she wasn’t real.