(Telegraph) The 10 most dramatic deaths in fiction

This is a fun list if you want to guess which you would pick and then check it out.


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3 comments on “(Telegraph) The 10 most dramatic deaths in fiction

  1. Karen B. says:

    Having just finished reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in full after having only read excerpts way back when in high school or college, I too had Anna’s death at the top of my list.

    And Bertha’s death in Jane Eyre came to mind too.

    Others on my list that I was really surprised weren’t there:
    Romeo & Juliet
    Beth in Little Women
    Miss Havisham in Great Expectations
    Inspector Javert (Les Miserables)

    If movies count:
    Bambi’s mother! 🙂
    Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz (so much fun: I’m melting, I’m melting…..!)

  2. wildfire says:

    Mrs. Wildfire, much better read than yours truly, would put Emma Bovary at the top of her list, with Anna Karenina second. One notable feature of this list is the preponderance of heroines–relatively recent ones at that. Agamemnon and Ajax don’t get a mention.

  3. J. Champlin says:

    Agree with both of the above: what an idiosyncratic list. Wildfire having mentioned Agamemnon and Ajax, how about Hector? Surely there were better choices from Shakespeare. I’d put in a word for King Lear and Cordelia. Maybe Dante’s Ulysses? Since some of the choices are relatively obscure, how about Kirillov from Dostoevsky’s Demons? But then, novels have not been my thing.