What ending would you re-write (in any story/play/novel)At times I am tempted to re-write the ending to Old Man and the Sea just because it depresses me. I also want to re-write the ending to The...

What ending would you re-write (in any story/play/novel)

At times I am tempted to re-write the ending to Old Man and the Sea just because it depresses me. I also want to re-write the ending to The Pearl because I WANT them to have all that they want. Romeo and Juliet tempt me too- Someone, PLEASE, help them out! Madame Bovary could have found a loan or something to help her out...IDK. I get fidgety with some story endings no matter now classical they are.

How about you?

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm with drmonica on "The Lady or the Tiger?" except then I might find that the answer in my head is not the correct one.  So how about A Raisin in the Sun.  Don't really want to re-write it, just extend it a bit. I am always left feeling so hopeful, as the Youngers move off to their new home, Mama clutching that fragile little plant.  And then I wonder if they were strong enough, now that their family has reconnected, to withstand the new pressures and challenges which would inevitably have faced them.  My other choice is The Great Gatsby.  I would have liked Daisy to at least show up at Gatsby's funeral.  She's shallow, I know, but I like to think she really did love the man, not just the image of the man or the memories of young love. 

MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Not necessarily at the literary level of the other posts, but I'd rewrite the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While I enjoy the majority of the novel, I feel that the deaths of Tonks and Lupin were just thrown in there...it felt like the series was ending, and Rowling was attempting to inject more tragedy, but instead it seemed like an afterthought. Basically, I thought those characters deserved better deaths. The first time I read the book, I thought I had missed an epic battle, because suddenly Harry was running by a room where their bodies had been laid. I actually went back through to check and see if I had skipped a few pages. But no. I also felt the epilogue was a little too neat and happy...it felt like pure fan service.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't know that I would re-write the ending of Native Son, but I would certainly expand it. Bigger's fate is largely sealed from the opening pages of the novel. Bigger's younger brother, Buddy, however, is much more of a mystery. It seems so much of Wright's novel is a warning to our country about the evils of racial injustice and the horrific consequences that will continue into the future if such thinking and behaving goes unchecked. And yet, here is Buddy, and younger version of Bigger who on one hand emulates everything his older brother does and on the other hand questions it as well. As readers, though, we never learn of Buddy's fate.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I always thought that the ending of Lord of the Flies was a bit of a cop-out.  Yes, I understand that when civilization comes to save them that the boys finally feel shame and will have to live with their actions, but I think that Golding could have just as neatly made the point that when civilization is gone, so are the people.  Jack's setting fire to the island to flush out Ralph would have ultimately killed them all because they would have lost all the food and resources of the island.  Talk about a FINAL ending.

drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The Lady, or the Tiger," of course! On a more serious note, I'd love to have seen Heathcliff and Catherine have a happy ending in Wuthering Heights. I attribute much of the success of the Twilight series to the fact that all of the primary characters end up happily.

Human nature is such that we can't help but want to see characters end up with what they wanted. We become invested in them as we read/view, and a happy ending is a satisfying payoff for that emotional investment.

lprono eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I felt so involved in Rohinton Mistry's novel A Fine Balance despite the difference in geographical and ethnic backgrounds between myself and the character that, by the end of it, I wanted all the four main characters to continue to be happy and live together in a comfortable way. The alliance they manage to forge in spite of their differences in gender, social status and religion is a truly inspiring image for people who believe in a more inclusive and fairer society.


amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't particularly like the ending of Frankenstein.  It would be nice to know that the creature finds acceptance if not love and is able to live out a long, positive, and productive life.

In addition, I hate the ending of Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum".  It seems too contrived and convenient that he is so suddenly rescued after so much mental, emotional, and physical torture. 

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The ending of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, like all of Pip's expectations, does not life up to one's anticipation.  The skill with which Dickens writes is simply not in the ending, perhaps because he compromised himself by trying to appeal to his readers and revised it, or because the original ending seems a quick braking to a long, detailed, and interesting narrative.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would have liked Iago to have confessed his motivations in Othello, and I would change the tragic endings of Bernard MacLaverty's Lamb and Susan Hill's I'm the King of the Castle.  I like a happy ending - I was relieved that Disney's Little Mermaid was much jollier than the Grimm version (no pun intended!)

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I wouldn't rewrite the ending of any novel or short story. An author has a reason for ending it the way it is, and I just wouldn't want to tamper with that at all. Sure, I'd like some things to turn out differently, but who's to say my ending would be any better/

teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would re-write the end of Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Prospero sets things straight with his brother and Alonso, and finally keeps his promise to Ariel by setting him free.  But Caliban must continue under Prospero's rule.  Why not set him free too?

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would definitely rewrite the end of Gone with the Wind.  Scarlett and Rhett should be able to go off into the sunset and live happily ever after.  There have been a few sequels, I feel that Margaret Mitchell let me down.

udonbutterfly | Student

I love this question! I find my self always wondering if the story was written in a different way would it change the essence of the story. For me if I had to rewrite the ending of the story it would have to be Of Mice and Men. I really hated the way Liny died. There could have been so many other alternatives like running away or being put in jail. But I whole heartily understand why Liny's companion had to do that himself and end any suffering before it came worse but I still would change the ending.