The list of unrequited love is long and sad. Romeo and Juliet, Pyramus and Thisbe, Heloise and Abelard. These stories are tragic because they all share the same ending: The lovers die or are separated by something that cannot be overcome. But their stories teach us an important lesson about love in its purest form: That it can't exist without hope. And so we continue to dream of a world where these tales have happy endings--because when you fall in love with someone, you don't just want them to like you back; you need them to like you back.
That's why I'm dedicating this blog post to "Tragic Tales of Unrequited Love." You are reading Valentine's Blog by Christian Felix. And we are happy and proud at the same time to have you as customers, friends, and readers.
I'm not sure if any of you have ever been in love with someone who didn't feel the same way about them, but I can guarantee that it's one of the most painful experiences. But don't worry! The good thing is that there are so many amazing stories from history that will make this pain a little less excruciating.
The love of Pyramus and Thisbe is perhaps one of the oldest examples of unrequited love in Western literature. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, we learn that they were neighbors who fell deeply in love with each other but were forbidden by their parents to marry. They decided to meet at night under a mulberry tree outside the city walls where they could both be free to express their feelings for one another. However, when Thisbe arrived, she found a lioness eating some nearby animals near the tree. In fear of being devoured herself, she ran away and dropped her veil in her haste which was then covered in blood from the dead animal bodies nearby. Pyramus eventually arrived, found the bloodied veil, and assumed that his beloved had been killed. He then took his own life by stabbing himself with a sword before dying on top of her discarded garment. The gods were so moved by this sad ending that they turned Thisbe into an immortal constellation (the Big Dipper) as well as Pyramid and his sword into the constellation of Sagittarius.
The story of Romeo and Juliet is perhaps one of the most famous examples of unrequited love in Western literature. It's about two teenagers from rival families who fall madly in love with each other, but their families do everything they can to keep them apart including arranging marriages for them to other people. Eventually, their love is too strong and they run away together but are eventually found and killed.
But the story doesn't end there! In Arthur Brooke's poem The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet, we learn that after death Romeo and Juliet are finally able to be together in heaven.
The story of Tristan and Isolde is the most tragic of all love stories. It's about two young lovers who fall in love but are not allowed to marry each other because they're from rival countries (Ireland). They decide instead to run away together on a ship where they live happily for some years before being discovered by King Marko, who then forces Tristan to choose between Isolde and his own country. Tristan chooses Isolde and they are both killed.
But the story doesn't end there either! In Gottfried von Strassburg's version of the story, we learn that after death Tristan and Isolde are finally able to be together in heaven.
So as you can see, unrequited love doesn't always have to end in tragedy. There are plenty of examples of couples who were able to be together after one or both of them passed away. The important thing is that you never lose hope! Love is a powerful emotion and it's worth fighting for. And flowers are the perfect weapon and language, key and gift. Sincerely, Your Christian Felix