When one thinks about forbidden love words such as excitement, exhilaration, passion and romance come to mind suggesting a happy narrative, yet the forbidden love written of in my two stories delivers a very different outcome.
The tragic ionic love story of Romeo and Juliet is between two young lust-driven teenagers. Their impulsive, decisions and selfish indulgences lead them to defy their parents and pursue their forbidden love.
In Romeo and Juliet, the two quotes “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name! Or, if thou wilt not, be sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” And “My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy.” Both demonstrate the sorrow of the thought of being separated. A family rivalry forbid the two lovers to be together and this only served to fuel the tragedy that caused Romeo and Juliet to trek down a dangerous, fast paced road that ended in death.
My second piece is a myth; it begins with an extremity talented musician, Orpheus touring the globe playing his beautiful music on his harp and lyre. At one of the gatherings, Orpheus meets Eurydice and they quickly fall in love and get married. On the day of their wedding Eurydice walks through the forest and is bitten by a poisons serpent, and dies. Orpheus grieves for weeks and then decides he cannot take the sadness anymore and so he decides he will go to Hades, king of the underworld and plea for his wife. At the gates of the underworld Orpheus meets Hades who allows him to have Eurydice back, but only on the condition that he would not look at her until they reached the land of the living. Orpheus began to walk back to the living world as he hears Eurydice’s footsteps close behind him, as he crossed the two worlds he turned joyously to his wife but only saw a glimpse of her before she started to fade,...
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