The 10 Greatest Love Stories Of All Time
Love is a tricky business. Many of life’s greatest joys stem from finding a powerful connection with someone and sharing in their passions and interests. However love can also lead to crippling sadness and despair when things don’t go as planned. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most epic and famed love stories that have taken place throughout history in both real life and myth.
1. Romeo and Juliet
Of course, it would be difficult to begin such a list without Romeo and Juliet, whose famous and doomed tale of love and devotion has become somewhat of an anthem for tragedy. Written by William Shakespeare and based on a previous Italian fable, “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet”, this story tells the tale of two love-struck teenagers, whose incredibly passionate and unending love is hindered due to a long-lasting and petty feud between their two families.
Their powerful love for one another, however, proves too strong to be thwarted, and they choose love and ultimately death over the thought of endless separation. A variety of unfortunate circumstances lead to Romeo believing (falsely) that Juliet is dead, which leads to him ingesting poison to end his misery. After Juliet awakes to find Romeo dead, she ends her life with a dagger.
Although ultimately a tragedy, Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another is both moving and inspirational, and their untimely deaths result in reconciliation between their two families (although most would agree that this comes a bit too late). Romeo and Juliet was by far one of Shakespeare’s most popular and moving works, along with the acclaimed “Hamlet”.