Love can truly be unpredictable, even in the olden days and in literature. The following stories are considered the greatest love stories ever told. From Bonnie and Clyde to Cupid and Psyche, love will truly conquer all.
1. Scarlett O’Hara & Rhett Butler
From the novel and classic film Gone with the Wind. This is the love story of two people who learned life lessons as they went through hardships in their lives.
Scarlett O’Hara was a daughter of a French aristocrat who lives with her family’s cotton plantation in Georgia. She and Rhett Butler met at a party where she confessed her love for Ashley Wilkes, who is to be married to Melanie Hamilton. Butler overheard Wilkes rejecting O’Hara’s feelings but promised her to keep it a secret. That same night, the war started and Charles (Melanie’s Brother) proposed to her. Despite the fact that she does not love him, she agrees and marries him before he goes to war.
When her husband dies in the war, she is sent to live in Atlanta with Melanie, but only because she was waiting for Ashley’s arrival. When Ashley comes back, Rhett finally returns her feelings but could not leave Melanie. Scarlett’s family is slowly then falling apart after her parents die. But when Rhett offers her marriage, she agrees and they have a daughter named Bonnie Blue. But Bonnie dies when riding a pony. Then Rhett finds out about Scarlett’s love affair with Ashley and leaves her, blaming her for their daughter’s death.
2. Bonnie & Clyde
Now this love story is very different from others. This involves criminal acts that made their love story very peculiar indeed. It is about Bonnie and Clyde who are actually real people. It was during the Great Depression in the 1930s when Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the most notorious criminals of their time.
Bonnie Parker worked at a diner while her husband was in jail. Clyde Barrow on the other hand was angry with the world and the kind of life he had at the time so he chose the life of a criminal. Robbing banks and having a killing spree.
When they met, it was apparently such a magical moment. They were destined to be with one another despite of the fact that Clyde was already a criminal. They knew that they weren’t destined to have a normal life where they would have a family and grow old together. Instead they just lived their lives to the fullest. They were shot multiple times and decided to die together than live apart.
3. Romeo & Juliet
“Two houses, both alike in dignity. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” Prologue
It is in Verona indeed, the setting of the most popular tragic love story written by the great William Shakespeare. The story began with the feuding families: The Montagues and the Capulets. It was that one night, when Lord Capulet hosted a ball for his dear daughter, Juliet. It was to get to know Count Paris, who would like to woo her and ask for her hand in marriage.
At the ball, Romeo, the son of Lord Montague, crashed the party with his cousins. There he laid eyes on Juliet and immediately fell in love. The two met not knowing they were members of feuding families. Romeo left the ball and sneaked into Juliet’s balcony, confessing his feelings for her. He also vowed his unconditional love by asking her to marry him. Juliet agreed and they were to be married the following day. With the help of the priest attempting to reconcile the two feuding families, the couple was married in secret.
Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, challenged Romeo for a duel, but he declined. His friend, Mercutio found out about this and he fought Tybalt instead. By the time Romeo got there, Mercutio was already dying and with guilt and grief, Romeo slayed Tybalt. With this, Romeo was exiled from Verona and if he came back he would be executed.
Romeo left after consummating his marriage with Juliet. Lord Capulet then arranged a wedding for Juliet only for it to be a funeral instead. Because the friar gave Juliet a drug that put her into a death-like coma for forty-two hours. Unfortunately, Romeo was misinformed so he thought Juliet was really dead and then went to her and drank a poison. By the time Juliet wakes up, Romeo was already dead so she took his dagger and kills herself.Because of this, their families ended their feud and lived in peace from then on. Now that is TOTALLY TRAGIC.
4. Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy
A classic tale that was also adapted into a film, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Starring a carefree young lady named Elizabeth, second to the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet. One day, a ball was held to welcome a wealthy bachelor who just moved into a large estate nearby named Mr Charles Bingley together with his sister Caroline and his reserved friend Mr Darcy. This is where Elizabeth met Mr Darcy and unfortunately she overheard him talking to Mr Bingley about her saying she is “quite tolerable”. Mr Darcy and Elizabeth’s romance was quiet. She misjudged him and he was too proud to confess for her. Luckily at the end they managed to talk about things and decided to get married.
“You may only call me Mrs Darcy, when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.”
5. Cupid & Psyche
It all started when the youngest princess of an unnamed kingdom was so beautiful that the goddess Venus became jealous of her. She then made her son, Cupid, to go to her to harm her. He accidentally scratched himself with his own dart that made people fall in love to the first person they see. And at that moment he saw, Psyche. He immediately fell in love with her and disobeyed his mother’s orders. Then he brought her to his home as his wife (thru Zephyr). In a room with no light, he made her promise not try and look at him and he would always leave before sunrise. But she betrayed his trust and he left her. Venus then, gave her challenges to gain back Cupid’s love. Cupid saw her hardships so he sought out to Jupiter for help and he made her immortal to be with him forever.