Hollywood films link happy endings with the world of fairytales, which are often about the achievement of perfection. After all, how many stories have you heard end in "and they lived happily ever after"? Fairy tales bring shattered families back into balance, back to completion.Weddings are a popular way to end stories. Marriage is a new beginning, the end of an old life of being single and the beginning of a new life as part of a unit. New beginnings are perfect and unspoiled in their "ideal" form.
Don't get me wrong. I don't expect the guy to always get the girl. There are many forms of happy endings. Striking up a new relationship is another way to show a new beginning at the end of a story. It doesn't need to be a romance.
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart makes a difficult sacrifice, giving up the chance to be with the woman he loves. His reward, and the "happy ending" is his experience, his new alliance with Claude Rains, As he says, in one of the most famous tag lines in the history of movies, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."He didn't get the girl, but it's still a happy ending. He's discovered the truth about his past, the woman he loves, and the kind of person he wants to be now. A happy ending is the result of ANY gained knowledge or abilities, fairytale or "reality".
What are some of your favorite "Happy Endings"?