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Literary Criticism: Archetypes - Star-Crossed Lovers

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Titanic-Jack &Rose Archetypes: Star-Crossed Lovers Mark Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare 1606
-Their love affair outraged the Romans
- Despite all the threats, Anthony and Cleopatra got married.
-It is said that while fighting a battle against Romans, Antony got false news of Cleopatra's death. Shattered, he fell on his sword. Anthony & Cleopatra There is nothing worse than being in love with someone, when you have no idea the relationship is doomed from the beginning!
A weaving fairy and commoner fall in love, get married, are forced to seperate and are blocked away from each other by the Milky Way. Out of compassion for them on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year flocks of magpies form a bridge over the Milky Way allowing the Cowherd and the weaving girl to see each other. The Weaving Girl and Cowherd Atonement – Ian McEwan 2001, based in the 1930’s
The story Atonement centres around the characters Cecilia and Robbie who are deeply in love. Cecilia’s sister Briony catches Cecilia and Robbie having sexual relations and doesn’t understand what she sees. She interprets what she sees as Robbie attacking Cecilia. Following this, Briony’s cousin, Lola is raped by an older man, and Briony tells the police that it was Robbie that raped Lola. Briony does this because she now thinks Robbie is a criminal. Robbie is then sent to jail. During his time in jail, the Second World War begins and he is sent away to fight. While he is out fighting at war he dies.

ATONEMENT- Cecilia & Robbie Brokeback Mountain by : Annie Proulx– 1997
Jack and Ennis are two gay men that start a relationship together while herding sheep. They are forced apart because the story takes place in the 60’s and back then being a homosexual was not accepted the way it is today. Additionally, they are both married. Inevitably their marriages fail and Ennis dies so they never could have had a lasting relationship together.


BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN- Ennis & Jack OEDIPUS THE KING- Oedipus & Jocasta Helen of Troy by: Homers Lilliad
The Trojan War 850 B.C.
A Greek heroic legend, fact and fiction. Helena was married to Menelaus, King of Sparta.
Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, fell in love taking her back to Troy. The Greeks assembled a great army, led by Menelaus's brother, Agamemnon, to retrieve Helen. Troy was destroyed. Helen returned to Sparta Helen of Troy- Paris & Helena Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare 1597
– two teenagers from two feuding families who fall in love at first sight and then marry. Their tragic deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. Romeo & Juliet The Butterfly Lovers 618-907 A.D.
By: Fan Dai
Liang and Zhu Yingdai fall in love at school and eventually marry. Due to Liangs health conditions, it prevents Zhu being with her husband in so she ends her life in order to be with him again. The Butterfly Lovers- Liang &Zhu Story originally from 1200’s; 1953 version by: Malory Thomas

Lancelot fell in love with King Arthur's wife. One night the guard catches them making love. Lancelot fights his way out, although Guinevere dies by the sword. Lancelot & Guinevere Titanic by: James Cameron- 1999 (based on the event of the Titanic sinking in 1912)
-They are from different classes "Rich vs. Poor"
-Mother doesn’t approve
-Rose is already engaged
-Her fiancé accuses Jack of stealing a necklace
-When they first meet Rose is trying to kill herself
-The boat sinks; Jack dies Oedipus the King by: Sophecles 429 B.C.

Oedipus falls in love with his mother/wife, however does not know it is his mother, when the two find out that they are blood related, Jocasta kills herself in shame, and love for Oedipus, while Oedipus pokes out his eyes for his shame. Although, the two loved each other very much, it was fate that they will eventually find out that they are blood related ; restricting their love for each other. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-cross'd lovers, take their life." (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet).
Surprise!! Shakespeare was the one that originally came up with the term "star-crossed lovers". QUICK REVIEW What is a star-crossed lover? Star-Crossed Lovers is an archetype that associates with two characters. These two characters are deeply in love, but are separated by fate. They could be a couple in love whose relationship was said to be doomed from the beginning or society, family, or a tragic situation causes the couple to end their relationship. •Decaying rose- demonstrates love falling apart, also that love will soon end

•Cupid- to help better theme and plot- the development of love between the two lovers

•Star- symbolizes fate for their love


Common symbols usually used for star crossed lovers: The folktale originates from Ancient China but the exact date is unknown. http://classics.mit.edu/Homer/iliad.html
http://amolife.com/reviews/top-20-most-famous-love-stories-in-history-and-literature.html
http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/sophocles/oedipustheking.htm
http://mosster-crossedlovers.blogspot.ca/star-crossedlovers
http://www.enotes.com/atonement
http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/brokeback-mountain/summary.html

  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1170299/Love-eternal-Egyptian-dig-hopes-uncover-Cleopatra-Mark-Antony-side.html
http://www.amazon.com/Titanic-James-Camerons-Illustrated-Screenplay/dp/0060953071
http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/xAntonyCleo.html
http://www.marywardbooks.com/show_book.php?isbn=mw001003022 . http://www.virginmedia.com/movies/movieextras/top10s/top-ten-movie-kisses.php?ssid=4fanpop.com/spots/jack-and-rose/images/24253023/title/jack-rose-photo
http://www.writeawriting.com/academic-writing/literary-criticism-oedipus-the-king/
http://theatre.niagara.edu/archives/oedipus-the-king/
http://www.advancedanime.com/displayimage.php?pid=348830&series_id=13
http://reaganonline.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/les-couples-les-plus-celebres-de-toute-lhistoire/
http://www.explorechinatours.com/festival/double-seventh-festival.html WORKS CITED WORKS CITED WORKS CITED - When Cleopatra learned about Antony 's death, she was shocked and took her life.
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