Study Guide

West Side Story Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 1

Hassled by the Man

  • Officer Krupke and Lieutenant Schrank appear and proceed to taunt the kids with a clear intent to run those Puerto Rican scum out of town.
  • The Jets are not without honor, and refuse to become rats: they won't work with the cops even to defeat their enemies. You gotta have principles.
  • A few friendly threats from the cops and the boys simply snark until they depart.

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