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The Most Tragic Characters from Literature

Most tragic characters from literature

In a world where tears overwhelm smiles, tragic characters aren’t hard to find. Some bear the burden of epic tragedy while some are sublime in the poignant sorrow of their individual life. Here are the ones that left us shattered.

All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter! But if you ever had a corporate job, you would have lost it for good owing to your dilemma and confusion in decision making. It got you killed for good.

Anna Karenina — A feisty character struck by fated love and aristocratic hypocrisy. Joker would have loved to ask you “why so serious”?

Jean Valjean stands as a classic example of a tragic hero torn by internal struggles and battered by the hostilities of Inspector Javert. Tough luck Mr Valjean.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles has effortlessly proved with her hapless, helpless and unlucky life that bookish tragedies can be bigger than real life ones. Too bad.

Prince Hector confirmed that giant male ego is not a good thing, particularly while fighting legends. The story of his debacle still makes us cry and Hollywood makes a fortune out of it.

Troilus and Cressida: Farewell, bastard(s), (Act 5, Scene 7). Ahem!

Professor Snape, you seem to me like Batman, like umm… The Dark Knight. It is absolutely unnecessary to be so hell bent to take all the blame when you are a good guy. Silly, you know.

Prince Oberyn — When you have to kill, just kill and don’t talk. That’s a horrible way to die. It spoiled the entire GoT series for me.

So share your opinion and choices as well.




12 thoughts on “The Most Tragic Characters from Literature

      • As a former Classics Minor, I was glad to see Hector (of the Shining Helm!) and Troilus & Cressida make your list. Tess would definitely be in my top ten. I’d make the Shakespeare representative maybe be King Lear. ALso from antiquity there’s Medea, and the lesser known Iphigenia at Aulis. I just looked through my recently finished books on goodreads and didn’t come up with any contemporary candidates. I guess they don’t make ’em (tragic figures) like they used to.
        Oh, maybe Smike from Nicholas Nickleby too. 🙂

        • Excellent suggestions. King Lear had crossed my mind as well. But extensive research on Macbeth during my college days perhaps made me a bit obsessed with the character. Oedipus and Medea have proper claim to the list as well. Nicholas Nickleby is on my TBR list. Looking forward to meet Smike shortly.

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