Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Story of Romeo and Juliet brought back to life

This article shows the two couples who died within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years. Helen Auer who was 94 years old, died in her chair and her husband gave her a final kiss of goodbye, as well as whispering to her saying, “Call me home.” Then after that, he died the next day when he was aged 100, leaving their nine children, 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, as well as 1 great-great-grandchild. This couple was married in 1941 and their funeral was held at the same church they married. Moving on, their love story started in the middle of the Second World War, when Joe left the US army and Helen was pregnant with her second baby. He was away for 3 years, and carried a photo of his wife with their two children at all times. Amazingly, he managed to stay alive until it was over, and also managed to keep the photo safe in his wallet until the day he died. Moreover, when Helen died, as mentioned before, her husband died 28 hours later. According to the news article from The Independent, Doctors have identified this condition as “broken heart syndrome” where the stress of grief temporarily caused symptoms similar to a heart attack.
Additionally, this article relates to Romeo and Juliet because the part when both of them died due to their affection with each other was quite similar. In the story of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo kills Paris, and still believing that Juliet died, he drinks the poison to suicide. However, when Juliet wakes up, and finds Romeo dead, she stabs herself with his knife. In this article, the husband doesn’t really commit suicide by taking a serious action; yet, he does come to a point when he was so heart broken that it led to a heart attack. Not only that, but even through the toughest times that her husband went through (World War II), he was still thinking of his family, and also kept the photo with him. This also connects to the book due to the fact that when Romeo was away, he always thought about Juliet, and Juliet was also always worrying about Romeo. In conclusion, I believe that this story is really, truly inspiring, and it really seems like Romeo and Juliet in modern day.

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