We all have our favourite characters, and relationships, from throughout literature. You might be a The Fault in Our Stars devotee (if so, then there’s not much to see here), or a firm believer in the Golden Trio *HIGH FIVE*, or simply an advocate of JohnLock. Which I am – I can so imagine marital life for them in 221B Baker Street. Returning to the subject at hand, I present to you a list – you’ll soon know that I do like a good list – of my personal favourite relationships from the world of books. And if I say so myself, this is a damn fine selection.
*WARNING: MAY BE SPOILERS*
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Okay, maybe not the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘perfect’ and ‘marriage’. Although I may have described them as the ‘epitome of a dysfunctional couple’ in an English essay at some point, there’s a lot to love about these two. Unless you’re Duncan, or Banquo, or the Macduff family. Sod Beyonce and Jay-Z, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are the ultimate power partners. One wants to be king? Why don’t we go and slaughter everyone in a five mile radius? And hang on, we can act really innocent whilst we’re at it so no-one suspects us! Brilliant, eh? I just love how scheming these two are – Macbeth has forever (and by forever, I mean from the age of seven) been my favourite Shakespeare play due to the sheer grittiness, and personally, I really feel that these are the spirit of the play. And the fact that Lady M goes absolutely stark raving at the end is a bonus. Who doesn’t love a lunatic thrown in to spice up a text? Which brings me on to….
Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester (and the crazy lady in the attic)
Now this is the ultimate in third wheeling. Not only does Mr Rochester keeps his wife locked up in the attic for a very, very long time, but he does his utmost to prevent Jane from finding out. So our little governess is, unknowingly, sharing her soulmate (is ‘crush’ just too modern?) with a frightening lady with as equally frightening hair. And the devotion is so adorable. He goes blind while trying to save said crazy-ass wife (quite frankly, this heroism doesn’t do the looks department many favours), and yet she still hangs around. Despite the fact that. through my eyes, Mr Rochester has the face of a rock and the personality to match, ‘lil Jane just can’t seem to get enough of him. Maybe the ruggedness reminds her of the moors. But cliffs would be more appropriate. Which leads me on to…
Cathy and Heathcliff
Now this is one hell of a relationship. You know the drill; happy (ish) childhood spent together, Cathy gets all snobby, marries equally snobby brat, dies, leaves Heathcliff to rot. And although Heathcliff isn’t the most saintly human being on this planet – scratch that, he was an absolute pillock – his devotion to her is the steadiest thing in Wuthering Heights. It’s not so much as a lovey-dovey coupling, it’s more I-shall-be-obsessed-with-you-for-ever-so-tough, but this is what makes it so interesting – the way in which Heathcliff reacts. And what truly broke my heart was the last bit in Wuthering Heights, when they were seen departing as spirits, finally together. That one hit me right in the feels.
Thought of the day: Glitter makes everything better, so have a fabulous day. (technically night right now, but…)