"Star-crossed" or "star-crossed lovers" is a phrase describing a pair of lovers whose relationship is said to be doomed from the start. The phrase is astrological in origin, and is now best known from the play Romeo and Juliet by the Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare.
Star-crossed in Shakespeare
The phrase was coined in the prologue of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-cross'd lovers, take their life."
[Full text / script of the play Romeo and Juliet Act I by William Shakespeare]
It also refers to destiny and the inevitability of the two characters' paths crossing each other. It also usually means unlucky, since Romeo and Juliet's affair ended tragically.
Famous examples of "star-crossed lovers"
Other famous star-crossed lovers include:
- Pyramus and Thisbe (usually regarded as the source for Romeo and Juliet, featured in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'')
- Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights
- Lancelot and Guinevere
- Tristan and Isolde
- Hagbard and Signy
- Devdas and Paro (Parvati) in Devdas
- Layla and Majnun
- Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai (also known as The Butterfly Lovers)
- Paris of Troy and Helen of Sparta in the Iliad
More modern examples are:
- Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind
- Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars saga - the name of their musical theme, Across the Stars, is even based on this phrase.
- Buffy Summers and Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic
- Tony and Maria in the musical West Side Story (a retelling of Romeo and Juliet)
- Max Evans and Liz Parker in Roswell
- Mei and Jin in House of Flying Daggers
- Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain
- Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund in Casablanca
- J.R. Chandler and Babe Carey in All My Children
- Bianca Montgomery and Maggie Stone in All My Children
- Clark Kent and Lana Lang as portrayed in Smallville.
- Cole Turner and Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed
- James Bond and Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale
- James Bond and Tracy Bond in ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service''
- Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls in Veronica Mars
- Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in Twilight
- Christian and Satine in Moulin Rouge!
- Mick St. John and Beth Turner in Moonlight
- Lee Adama and Kara Thrace in ''Battlestar Galactica
- Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood in The O.C.
- Gennosuke Kouga and Oboro Iga from the anime and manga series Basilisk
- Inuyasha and Kikyo from the anime and manga series Inuyasha
- Teenage tragedy song
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