How to Kill a Character, @ omnivoracious.
I can’t say that I’ve ever killed off a character: but after reading that article, I’m kind of itching to! I’ve certainly done plenty of other evil, unpleasant things to my characters: death just seems like the next logical step.
While I myself don’t find death to be any sadder or more shocking than any number of tragic or terrible things that could happen in a story, the taboo of character death certainly makes one stand up and take notice when it happens. The death of a beloved character is almost always memorable.
Some of the ones I remember include:
- Beth from Little Women (I have to admit: I sobbed over that one!)
- Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
- Paul Atreides from the Dune series
- Romeo and Juliet from Romeo & Juliet
- Almost everybody in Hamlet (I’m beginning to think including Shakespeare is cheating…)
- Winston Smith from 1984
- Phineas from A Separate Peace (Ok, I cried over this one, too…)
- Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights
Which have I forgotten? Which literary deaths were most memorable for you?