Love, Tragic

Love, Tragic

Abélard, Pierre
(1079–c.1144) philosopher notorious for the tragic love affair with Héloїse. [Fr. Hist.: Benét, 2]
Abel and Rima
wordly Venezuelan falls passionately in love with girl who is killed by hostile Indians. [Br. Lit.: Hudson Green Mansions in Magill I, 333]
Alfredo and Violetta
his love for the courtesan is shattered by her renunciation and fatal illness. [Ital. Opera: Verdi La Traviata in Benét, 1022]
An Iceland Fisherman
Breton fisherman and his girl marry just before fleet leaves; he is lost in a storm. [Fr. Lit.: An Iceland Fisherman in Magill I, 410]
Annabel Lee
a storm swept her away. [Am. Lit.: “Annabel Lee” in Hart, 35]
Antony and Cleopatra
victims of conflict between political ambition and love. [Br. Lit.: Antony and Cleopatra]
Archer, Newland
though attracted to his wife’s cousin Ellen, he cannot act to win her. [Am. Lit.: The Age of Innocence]
Blessed Damozel, The
Rossetti poem depicting the longing of a beatified maiden for her mortal lover. [Br. Poetry: The Blessed Damozel in Benét, 113]
Cabot, Eben, and Abbie Putnam
after feuding, recognize love; each imprisoned thereafter. [Am. Lit.: Desire Under the Elms]
Clärchen
commits suicide when beloved receives death sentence. [Ger. Lit.: Egmont]
Deirdre
when Noisi is betrayed and slain, she kills herself. [Irish Legend: Benét, 259–260]
Delphine and Leonce
she takes poison when he is shot as a traitor. [Fr. Lit.: Mme. de Staél Delphine in Benét, 262]
Dido and Aeneas
with the gods demanding his departure, she commits suicide. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid; Fr. Opera: Berlioz, The Trojans, Westerman, 174–176]
Elizabeth
dies when Tannhauser vows return to Venus. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Tannhauser, Westerman, 212]
Elsa
loses Lohengrin on their wedding night when she disobeys his proviso that she never ask him to disclose his identity. [Ger. Legend: “Lohengrin” in Benét, 595]
Evangeline and Gabriel
after years of searching, she finds him as he lay dying. [Am. Lit.: “Evangeline” in Hart, 263]
Fabrizio and Clelia
archbishop and his mistress: she and their infant die, and he retires to a monastery. [Fr. Lit.: The Charterhouse of Parma in Magill I, 135]
Fields of Mourning
place in underworld where lovers who committed suicide dwell. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Forsyte, Fleur and Jon
their passion is foredoomed by the estrangement of her father and his mother. [Br. Lit.: The Forsyte Saga]
Forsyte, Irene, and Philip Bosinney
she falls in love with him, her husband’s architect; he dies in an accident. [Br. Lit.: The Forsyte Saga]
Frankie and Johnnie
“sporting woman” shot her man for “doing her wrong.” [Pop. Music: Leach, 415]
Frome, Ethan
his thwarted love for Mattie culminates in an attempted double suicide that leaves them both crippled. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome in Benét, 324]
Galatea and Acis
love shattered by latter’s death. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Gerard and Margaret
their marriage forbidden, he is given a false report of her death, and enters a monastery. [Br. Lit.: The Cloister and the Hearth in Benét, 208]
Ghismonda and Guiscardo
princess’s and commoner’s affair fatal upon discovery. [Ital. Lit.: Decameron]
Gilliatt
his plan for wedding Déruchette foiled by her love for another, he commits suicide by drowning. [Fr. Lit.: Toilers of the Sea in Magill II, 1037]
Glaucus
loses love, Scylla, when she is made monster. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Gráinne
second wife of Fionn, she elopes with Diarmiud; caught by Fionn, Diarmiud is killed. [Irish Legend: Century Classical, 509]
Hero and Leander
latter drowns, former kills herself in grief. [Gk. Lit.: Hero and Leander; Br. Lit.: Hero and Leander]
Hylonome
commits suicide after death of lover, Cyllarus. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 72, 123]
Karenina, Anna
her death destroys Count Vronsky’s desire to live. [Russ. Lit.: Anna Karenina]
Launcelot, Sir, and Queen Guinevere
exiled by King Arthur, he returns after the King’s death to find Guinevere a nun. [Arthurian Legend: Le Morte d’Arthur]
Le Sueur, Lucetta
her love for Henchard squelched by his degradation. [Br. Lit.: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Magill I, 571–573]
Lenore
the lost love with whom the poet learns that he will nevermore be united. [Am. Poetry: Poe The Raven]
Leonora and Alvaro
her brother must kill her for eloping with the man he mistakenly supposes has murdered their father. [Ital. Opera: La Forza del Destino in Osborne Opera]
Liliom
ne’er-do-well adored by Julie, his young wife; caught in a robbery, he commits suicide, leaving her with child. [Hung. Drama: Molnar Liliom in Magill I, 511]
Love Story
idyllic romance of a young couple that is shattered by the death of the woman. [Am. Lit.: Segal Love Story]
Manrico and Leonora
supposed gypsy troubador loves the girl courted by his brother, the Count of Luna; she takes poison and he is executed. [Ital. Opera: Verdi Il Trovatore in Benét, 1028]
Mimi
her love for Rodolfo ended by her early death. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, La Bohème, Westerman, 348–350]
Norma and Pollio
die together as sacrifices to Druid war god. [Ital. Opera: Bellini, Norma, Westerman, 130–131]
Olindo and Sophronia
latter condemned to stake; lover joins her. [Ital. Lit.: Jerusalem Delivered]
Onegin, Eugene, and Tatyana
long hopelessly for each other after her marriage to another. [Russ. Lit.: Eugene Onegin]
Orpheus and Eurydice
looking back to see if Eurydice was following him to earth, he lost her forever. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 103]
Paolo and Francesca
slain by his jealous brother, her husband, Giancotto. [Ital. Lit.: Inferno]
Pelléas and Mélisande
she married the wrong brother; dies of disappointment. [Fr. Opera: Debussy, Pélleas and Mélisande, Westerman, 196]
Pyramus and Thisbe
thinking lover mauled, Pyramus kills himself; upon discovery, Thisbe does likewise. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Romeo and Juliet
archetypal star-crossed lovers. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
Saint-Preux and Julie d’Etange
passion waxes, but class strictures block marriage. [Fr. Lit.: The New Heloise]
Thornbirds, The
love between Father Ralph and Meggie remains unfulfilled because of his priestly vows. [Australian Lit.: McCullough The Thornbirds in Weiss, 463]
tin soldier
adores a cardboard dancer, but both are consumed in a fire. [Dan Lit.: Andersen “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” in Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Tosca and Cavaradossi
famous singer, witnessing her lover’s execution, jumps to her death. [Ital. Opera: Puccini Tosca in Benét, 1017]
Tristan and Iseult
irrevocably enamored; die because of his wife’s machinations. [Medieval Legend: Tristan and Iseult; Ger. Opera: Tristan and Iseult]
West Side Story
love of Puerto Rican girl and young New York street-gang leader is destroyed by his murder. [Am. Musical: West Side Story]
Wray, Fay
innocent beauty drives giant gorilla, Kong, to his death. [Am. Cinema: King Kong]
Wuthering Heights
Heathcliff’s revenge for Catherine’s sup-posed scorn leads to her marrying another and to his own lonely death. [Br. Lit.: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights in Magill I, 1137]
Zhivago, Dr. Yurii
has passionate but fleeting affair with Lara. [Russ. Lit.: Doctor Zhivago in Magill IV, 241]
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Treachery and cunning, enduring love, tragic deaths.
Although Ding Ling's early works focused on love, tragic illness, turbulent times, the traditional concerns of young women, she soon became caught up in the revolutionary movement and adjusted her literary efforts to more political themes and ideals; during the long conflict with the GMD, in 1935-36 she went to the front, walking 20--30 miles with Mao's forces.