not always a happy ending....
romeo and juliet
lovers and we all know what happened to them. Tragic as it seems
in fiction, the "formula of Romeo and his Juliet has been repeated
both in fiction and tragically enough, in non-fiction. Every now
and then, we'll read in the paper of lovers killing themselves in the
manner of our two young lovers. Shakespeare wrote about real love,
real life and real tragedy.
dracula and mina harker
Bram Stoker, the originator of the story of Dracula, the unrequited love
of these two, pushed the legend of vampires to the brink of sensual
reading. Dracula waited through time to be with her again, only to
give her up rather than doom her to a life of dark hunting.
Breathtaking in its tragic simplicity, one can almost believe from reading
the story, that Mina doesn't quite see the enormous sacrifice her
lover makes for her.
arthur and gwenevere
great myth (quite possibly more), Arthur shows us that forgiveness does
weigh out as more an honorable cause than not. He loved Gwenevere
so much that he released her gently from her torment, by forgiveness of
the love trysts with Lancelot. Lancelot is also released, both these
lovers forgiven by one man's real love. With one participant dead,
another in a nunnery and the third killed by his son, we see the tragedy
of this myth with solemn detail. Speculation of gay love between
Lancelot and Arthur has seen daylight more than once.
samson and delihalah
may have defeated the Philistines, but it was his love and trust of
Delilah that led him to his doom. You see, Samson's legendary
strength came from his flowing locks of hair, but Delilah was a
Philistine and had her lover shorn. But all did not end there, for
Samson carried out one last feat of strength, he brought down the temple
of Dagon, to which he was chained. Now you decide where he found
that last bit of strength, was it from God, or from the anger he felt
from having been betrayed?"
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tristram and isolde
the reign of King Arthur, Isolde of Ireland, daughter to Angwish, King
of Ireland, was betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. King Mark sent his
nephew, Tristan, to Ireland to escort Isolde back to Cornwall. Tristan
was a noble knight, whose name means "sorrow", given to him
because of the loss of his mother at his birth.
"Before leaving Ireland, Isolde's mother gave a love potion to
Isolde's handmaiden, Brangraine, with strict instructions to keep it
safe until they reached Cornwall. It was then to be given to Isolde on
her wedding night. Sometime during the voyage, Isolde and Tristan drank
the potion by accident and fell forever in love.
Isolde did marry Mark of Cornwall, but could not help but love Tristan.
The love affair continued after the marriage. When King Mark finally
learned of the affair, he forgave Isolde, but Tristan was banned from
Cornwall. Tristan moved to King Arthur's court and later went to
Brittany. There he met Iseult of Brittany (also known as Iseult of White
Hands). He was attracted to her because of the similarity of her name to
his true love. He married her, but did not consummate the marriage
because of his love for the "true" Isolde. After falling ill,
he sent for Isolde in hopes that she would be able to cure him. If she
agreed to come, the returning ship's sails would be white, or the sails
would be black if she did not agree. Iseult, seeing the white sails,
lied to Tristan and told him that the sails were black. He died of grief
before Isolde could reach him. Isolde died soon after of a broken heart.
Iseult regretted her actions after she saw the love that the two had for
anthony and cleopatra
for the love of Love and her soft hours,
Let's not confound the time with conference harsh:
There's not a minute of our lives should stretch
Without some pleasure now."
Antony's passion for Cleopatra seems all-consuming, there remains in him
a spark of propriety, responsibility, duty. Cleopatra has not yet
captured the whole of his soul. Thus, while with Cleopatra later, he
suddenly gets up and leaves when his sense of duty seizes
beloved, as the whole world knows, how much I have lost in you, how at
one wretched stroke of fortune that supreme act of flagrant treachery
robbed me of my very self in robbing me of you.” (Letter,
Heloïse to Abelard)
philosopher Abelard (1079–1142) became tutor to 17-year-old Heloïse
(1101–1164). In one of history's tragic stories, they fell in love,
Heloïse gave birth to a son and they married. In revenge, Heloïse's
scandalized family robbed Abelard of his manhood. In sorrow, Abelard
became a monk and Heloïse took the veil. They wrote love letters to
each other from their monastic quarters. When Heloïse died she was
buried next to Abelard. Their story so gripped the imagination that in
1817 they were moved to Père Lachaise, a pilgrimage site for lovers."
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