literature meme | 4 tropes [3/4] Star-Crossed Lovers
Two lovers destined to be kept apart no matter how hard they struggle to be together. Often, the two can only be together in death. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the most famous example, but the archetype dates at least as far back as Mesopotamian Mythology and Egyptian Mythology. In modern times, often the term “star crossed” is unknowingly misused to mean lovers who are meant to be together. It means just the opposite — the stars (i.e., destiny, or the heavens) have ruled against them, or crossed their plan.
Famous examples: Romeo and Juliet of R&J, Tristan and Isolde of Arthurian legend, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai of The Butterfly Lovers, Miss Katherine and Sam of Holes, Antony and Cleopatra of A&C, Pyramus and Thisbe, Tuptim and Lun Tha of The King and I, Aida and Radames of Aida