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Post by GirlSaturday on Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:54 pm

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A happy ending is an ending of the plot of a work of fiction in which most everything turns out for the best for the hero or heroine, their sidekicks, and just about everyone but the villains. This is epitomized in the standard fairy tale ending phrase, "happily ever after" or "and they lived happily ever after." Satisfactory happy endings are happy for the reader as well, in that the characters he sympathizes with are rewarded.

The presence of a happy ending is one of the key points that distinguishes melodrama from tragedy. In certain periods, the endings of traditional tragedies such as Macbeth or Oedipus Rex, in which most of the major characters end up dead, disfigured, or discountenanced, have been actively disliked. In the eighteenth century, the Irish author Nahum Tate sought to improve Shakespeare's King Lear by rewriting the ending so that Lear survives, Cordelia and Edgar marry, and the three sisters are reconciled. Most subsequent critics have not found Tate's amendments an improvement. Happy endings have also been fastened to Romeo and Juliet and Othello.

Not everybody agrees on what a happy ending is. An interpretation of The Merchant of Venice’s forced conversion of Shylock to Christianity is that it was intended as a happy ending, but for modern audiences it is pitiful, unreasonable and profoundly unjust.

A happy ending only requires that the main characters be all right. Millions of innocent background characters can die, but, as long as the characters that the reader/viewer/audience cares about survive, it is still a happy ending.

Since the ending is the point at which a narrative ends, a "happy ending" is constructed in a way so as to imply that, after the conclusion of the narrative, the lives of all the "good" characters will be filled with happiness and that any unpleasantness they encounter will be negligible.

However, as is often demonstrated through the creation of sequels, it is conceivable that the characters' happiness will be ruined after the "curtain falls." This means that a storyteller can create a happy ending to a sad story (or vice-versa) merely by ending the story before a horrible tragedy occurs or, if the tragedy is not irreversible, by continuing the story on after its original end so that the characters can overcome it. Either way, the "ending" is changed without altering the story's canon.

In the modern world, happy endings have sometimes been viewed as an American specialty, and the English-language words happy ending (or happy end) have been imported as-is into other languages to make this point.
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Re: Happy Ending

Post by annieisnotokey on Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:59 pm

Great post!

However, I couldn't help having dirty dirty thoughts when I read the title of the thread. Embarassed
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Re: Happy Ending

Post by ishealive on Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:02 pm

Lol brilliant post!!!!
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Re: Happy Ending

Post by GirlSaturday on Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:08 pm

Thanks!

Annieisnotokey does not have dirty thoughts, remember?

annieisnotokey wrote:Great post!

However, I couldn't help having dirty dirty thoughts when I read the title of the thread.


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Re: Happy Ending

Post by GirlSaturday on Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:11 pm

Thanks!

"Not everybody agrees on what a happy ending is..." is my favorite part.


ishealive wrote:Lol brilliant post!!!!
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Re: Happy Ending

Post by annieisnotokey on Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:18 pm

GirlSaturday wrote:Thanks!

Annieisnotokey does not have dirty thoughts, remember?

annieisnotokey wrote:Great post!

However, I couldn't help having dirty dirty thoughts when I read the title of the thread.

lol!

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Re: Happy Ending

Post by MJFoReVeRandAlways on Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:56 pm

annieisnotokey wrote:Great post!

However, I couldn't help having dirty dirty thoughts when I read the title of the thread.

I´m guilty of that too I was like -->
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Re: Happy Ending

Post by EarthAngel90 on Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:09 pm

OMG .... I though the same thing .... Happy Ending *Laughing & Giggling* ....
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