So I’m not going to say these deaths are my favorite because they make me very sad. But, I wanted to put them on a Five Friday list to discuss them.
There are spoilers! So please beware!
5. Chuck in The Maze Runner
I think this death was so tragic because he was like a little brother to protagonist, Thomas. Chuck was the newest arrival to the maze until Thomas showed up, and he’s young compared to the rest of the kids there. He also dies right before they’re going to “escape”, and he’s killed by Gally, a complete asshole. It was just a punch to the gut that I wasn’t expecting.
4. Rudy in The Book Thief
Rudy’s death was one that made me cry ugly tears and I had to put the book down. His is a tragedy because he loves the protagonist, Liesel, and we learn that in some way she loved him too. Rudy is killed in a bombing during WWII, towards the end of the book. He continuously asks Liesel for a kiss, but he only receives his kiss as he lay dead in the street. They were only teenagers, and this isn’t entirely fiction. Stuff like this happened all the time during WWII, and it felt so real even though it’s a book of fiction. This was the reality for a lot of people during WWII.
3. Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit
Thorin’s death is so heartfelt, because he’d turned against Bilbo, a friend and member of his party, but in the end he makes peace with him. Thorin has been skeptical of Bilbo’s abilities to be a burglar for them, and questioned whether he had the heart to finish their quest, it wasn’t until the end that Thorin learned Bilbo’s value. They parted as friends and it’s a hard scene to read.
2. Finnick O’Dair in The Hunger Games
Finnick sacrifices himself to save the rest of his group as they journey through the sewers to infiltrate President Snow’s manor. He fights off the mutants while the rest of his unit escape out of the sewer, and Katniss detonated a bomb, mercy killing him. This death is tragic because he’s just reunited with the love of his life, Annie, and unknown to him she’s pregnant. For so long he wished to be with her, but instead was pimped out to the capital, and finally, when she’s within his grasp he dies. It’s so Romeo & Juliet. It killed me inside.
1. Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter
Everyone talks about Dobby and Fred’s deaths, but I think the real tragedy is Tonks. I was absolutely devastated when Fred and Dobby died, don’t think I wasn’t, but there was something different about Tonks’s death. She had just become a mother to a beautiful baby boy, a boy who had the potential to turn in to a werewolf, and would need the loving care of his mom. Tonks has to fight to be with Lupin, then had to fight to keep him, they had a baby, and they died. It hurts me to this day. It goes to show the the cycle of evil repeats itself, and war will always leave orphans.
Let me know what you think of my list in the comments.