#147 Anita from West Side Story

Anita from the famous musical West Side Story is a beautiful role model. The loving girlfriend of Bernardo and loyal friend of Maria stands by her choice to live a better life in America than she would in Puerto Rico. The musical takes place during the 1950’s, so things were different back then. In the song America, Anita goes on to say about all the opportunities she has in New York City versus Puerto Rico. Despite Bernardo taking on her stating about how people are prejudice against them for not being born in America, she stands her ground and reminds him of the opportunities that America has that Puerto Rico does not.

Also, Anita stands by Maria when she decides to become Tony’s girlfriend. Tony is not an immigrant and was part of the Jets gang, a rival to Bernardo’s gang the Sharks. Unfortunately, their relationship is considered forbidden, so they have to runaway in order to have a life together. I won’t give too much away in case you haven’t seen West Side Story. But, all in all Anita is truly loyal and brave for standing up for friendship and recognizing the freedom she has in America versus Puerto Rico in the 1950’s.

Here is a link to watch America from the movie West Side Story (1961) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy6wo2wpT2k

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