Death, Dying, Grief, and Mourning in Western Literature

Accidental - Animals - Assassinations - Biblical - Burial Rites - Criminals - Children - Friend - Funerals - Grief - Group/Genocide - Heroes - Lover/Spouse - Martyrs - Metaphoric - Mourning - Murder - Mysterious - Noble - Old Age

Accidental:
Accidental:Victor Hugo, Hunchback of Notre DamePriest
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime & PunishmentFriend
Theodore Dreiser, An American TragedyRoberta
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching GodTea Cake
Nevil Shute, Trustee from the Tool RoomJohn Dermott and wife
Accidental:
Animals:
(Sacrificial)
Bulfinch Mythology, Legends of CharlemagneRinaldo
Franz Kafka, MetamorphosisGregor Samsa
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also RisesBull
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood BibleAfrican Gray Parrot
Monique Truong, The Book of Salt“Old Man”
Accidental:
Animals:
(Pets)
John Galsworthy, The Forsyte SagaBalthasar
Katherine Mansfield, The Canary/ Dove’s NestThe Canary
Farley Mowat, The Dog Who Wouldn’t BeMutt
Monique Truong, The Book of SaltBird & Mother
Jennifer Lash, Blood TiesBirkin
Accidental:
Assassinations
Murder Criminals
Homer, The IliadPatroklos
Euripides, AlcestisAlcestis
Bulfinch Mythology, Legends of CharlemagneRinaldo
Shakespeare, OthelloOthello
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the MohicansCora & Magua
Alexander Pushkin, Queen of SpadesCountess & Ghost
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime & PunishmentPawnbroker
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian GrayDorian Gray
Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the IslandsWillems
Franz Kafka, The TrialHerr K
Theodore Dreiser, An American TragedyRoberta
William Faulkner, Light in AugustJoe Christmas
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and MenLenny
Albert Camus, The StrangerThe Arab
Truman Capote, In Cold BloodHickock
John le Carre', Smiley’s PeopleLeipzig
Toni Morrison, BelovedSethe
Charles Frazier, Cold MountainInman
Alice Sebold, The Lovely BonesSusie Salmon
Accidental:
BiblicalKing James, The Bible, Deuteronomy 32 & 34Moses
King James, The Bible, Ecclesiastes 9 & 12Humankind
Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178Moses
King James, New TestamentJesus
John Milton, Paradise LostRedeemer
Accidental:
Burial Rites Funerals
Rituals after Death
Unknown, GilgameshEnkidu
King James, The Bible, Deuteronomy 32 & 34Moses
Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178Moses
King James, New TestamentJesus
Modern Text, BeowulfBeowulf
Snirru Sturluson, Prose Edda, The Death of BalderBalder
The Sagas of the Icelanders, Viga Glum’s SagaThorvald Tafald
J. Bedieren, The Romance of Tristan and IseultTristan & Iseult
Giovanni Boccaccio, The DecameronSalvestra & Girolamo
Johathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travel’sBurial Rites
Marie Henri Beyle (Stendhal), Red & BlackJulien Sorel
Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell HallArthur Huntingdon
Emile Zola, NanaNana
Leo Tolstoy, War and PeacePrince Andrey
Leo Tolstoy, Death of Ivan IlychIvan Ilych
James Joyce, UlyssesPatty Digham’s Funeral
Joseph Roth, The Radetzky MarchEmperor Francis Joseph & Von Trotta
Harold Robbins, A Stone For Danny FisherDanny Fisher
Farley Mowat, The Dog Who Wouldn’t BeMutt
Accidental:
Child
Children
Euripides, MedeaAlcestis
Euripides, The Trojan WomenAstyanax
Mary Shelley, The Last ManSon & Wife
Victor Hugo, Hunchback of Notre DameEsmerelda
Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity ShopLittle Nell
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match-SellerMatch-girl
George Eliot, Mill on the FlossTom & Maggie
Walt Whitman, Death of a Pennsylvania SoldierFrank H. Irwin
Mark Twain, The Death of JeanJean, Daughter
Franz Kafka, MetamorphosisGregor Samsa
Thomas Mann, Magic MountainJoachim Ziemssen
Theodore Dreiser, An American TragedyRoberta
Harold Robbins, A Stone For Danny FisherDanny Fisher
Alice Sebold, The Lovely BonesSusie Salmon
Accidental:
FriendUnknown, GilgameshEnkidu
Homer, The IliadPatroklos
Giovanni Boccaccio, The DecameronSalvestra & Girolamo
Miguel de Cervantes, Don QuixoteDon Quixote
Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity ShopLittle Nell
Emile Zola, NanaNana
Leo Tolstoy, War and PeacePrince Andrey
Steven Crane, The Red Badge of CourageThe Tall Soldier
Henry James, Portrait of a LadyRalph Touchett
John Galsworthy, The Forsyte SagaOld Jolyon & Balthasar
James Joyce, UlyssesPatty Digham’s Funeral
Katherine Mansfield, The Canary/ Dove’s NestThe Canary
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the ArchbishopFa. Jean Marie Latour
William Faulkner, Light in AugustJoe Christmas
William Faulkner, Delta AutumnMcCaslin
Helen Zenna Smith, Not so Quiet on the Western FrontWomen - WWI
Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny WeatherallGranny
Joseph Roth, The Tale of the 1002nd NightVon Taittinger
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and MenLenny
Irene Nemirovsky, Suite FrancaiseCharlie Langelet
Simone De Beauvoir, She Came to StayXaviere
Flannery O’Connor, Wise BloodMr. Motes
Truman Capote, A Christmas MemoryCousin
Carson McCullers, Clock Without HandsJ. T. Malone
Joseph Heller, Catch 22Snowden
John le Carre', Smiley’s PeopleLeipzig
Adam Zameenzad, My Friend MattGolam et.al.
Michael Ondaatje, The English PatientEnglish Patient
Jennifer Lash, Blood TiesBirkin
Monique Truong, The Book of SaltMother & Pigeon
Accidental:
Grief
Mourning
Unknown, GilgameshEnkidu
Sophocles, Oedipus The KingJocasta
Euripides, AlcestisAlcestis
King James, New TestamentJesus
Snirru Sturluson, Prose Edda, The Death of BalderBalder
Omar Khayyam, RubaiyatOmar Khayyam
J. Bedieren, The Romance of Tristan and IseultTristan & Iseult
Dante Alighieri, La Vita NuovaBeatrice
Giovanni Boccaccio, The DecameronSalvestra & Girolamo
Geoffrey Chaucer, Knight’s TalesArcite
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’ArthurKing Arthur
Shakespeare, Richard IIRichard
Shakespeare, Henry VFalstaff
Shakespeare, King LearLear
Johathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travel’sBurial Rites
Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of LammermoorLucy
Marie Henri Beyle (Stendhal), Red & BlackJulien Sorel
Anton Chekhov, The BishopThe Bishop
Mark Twain, The Death of JeanJean, Daughter
D.H. Lawrence, Sons and LoversMother
James Joyce, UlyssesPatty Digham’s Funeral
Katherine Mansfield, The Canary/ Dove’s NestThe Canary
Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny WeatherallGranny
Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale RiderAdam
Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of FoolsEchegaray, The Basque
Joseph Roth, The Radetzky MarchEmperor Francis Joseph & Von Trotta
Audous Huxley, Brave New WorldLinda
Farley Mowat, The Dog Who Wouldn’t BeMutt
Monique Truong, The Book of SaltMother & Pigeon
Jennifer Lash, Blood TiesBirkin
Accidental:
Group
Mass
Genocide
King James, The Bible, Ecclesiastes 9 & 12Humankind
Thucydides, Pericles, The Funeral SpeechGreek Soldiers
Theodoret, Of the Massacre of ThessalonicaTowns’ people
John of Apamea, Ecclesiastical History (Fragments)Soldiers
Hildegard of Bingen, SciviasMartyrs
Helen Zenna Smith, Not so Quiet on the Western FrontWomen - WWI
Adam Zameenzad, My Friend MattGolam et.al.
Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long EngagementFrench Soldiers
Harold Pinter, Death etc.Anonymous Body
Accidental:
Heroes
Heroic
Noble
Unknown, GilgameshEnkidu
Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178Moses
Homer, The IliadPatroklos
Aeschylus, AgamemnonAgamemnon
Thucydides, Pericles, The Funeral SpeechGreek Soldiers
King James, New TestamentJesus
Theodoret, Of the Massacre of ThessalonicaTowns’ people
Bulfinch Mythology, Legends of CharlemagneRinaldo
Arabian Nights, Angel of DeathThe Proud, The Devout
The Battle of MaldonBrythnoth
BeowulfBeowulf
Snirru Sturluson, Prose Edda, The Death of BalderBalder
Unknown, Chanson de RolandRoland
The Sagas of the Icelanders, Viga Glum’s SagaThorvald Tafald
J. Bedieren, The Romance of Tristan and IseultTristan & Iseult
Geoffrey Chaucer, Knight’s TalesArcite
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’ArthurKing Arthur
Shakespeare, Henry VFalstaff
Miguel de Cervantes, Don QuixoteDon Quixote
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the MohicansCora & Magua
Walt Whitman, Death of a Pennsylvania SoldierFrank H. Irwin
Leo Tolstoy, War and PeacePrince Andrey
Steven Crane, The Red Badge of CourageThe Tall Soldier
Thomas Mann, Magic MountainJoachim Ziemssen
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great GatsbyGatsby
William Faulkner, Light in AugustJoe Christmas
Helen Zenna Smith, Not so Quiet on the Western FrontWomen - WWI
Joseph Heller, Catch 22Snowden
Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long EngagementFrench Soldiers
Michael Ondaatje, The English PatientEnglish Patient
Charles Frazier, Cold MountainInman
Accidental:
Lover/
Spouse
Sophocles, Oedipus The KingJocasta
Euripides, AlcestisAlcestis
Ovid, MetamorphosesPyramus & Thisbe
Gregory of Nyssa, Life of MacrinaMacrina
Theodoret, Of the Massacre of ThessalonicaTowns’ people
Dante Alighieri, La Vita NuovaBeatrice
Giovanni Boccaccio, The DecameronSalvestra & Girolamo
Geoffrey Chaucer, Knight’s TalesArcite
Shakespeare, OthelloOthello
Shakespeare, HamletOphelia
Shakespeare, MacbethLady Macbeth
Wolfgang Von Goethe, Sorrows of Young WertherWerther
Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of LammermoorLucy
Mary Shelley, The Last ManSon & Wife
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the MohicansCora & Magua
Victor Hugo, Hunchback of Notre DameEsmerelda
Charles Dickens, Oliver TwistNancy
Charlotte Bronte, Jane EyreBertha Rochester
Emily Bronte, Wuthering HeightsCatherine
Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell HallArthur Huntingdon
Gustave Flaubert, Madame BovaryMadame Bovary
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime & PunishmentMarmeladov
Leo Tolstoy, War and PeacePrince Andrey
Leo Tolstoy, Anna KareninaAnna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy, Death of Ivan IlychIvan Ilych
Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the IslandsWillems
D.H. Lawrence, Sons and LoversMother
Henry James, Portrait of a LadyRalph Touchett
Theodore Dreiser, Sister CarrieHurstwood
Theodore Dreiser, An American TragedyRoberta & Clyde
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. DallowaySeptimus
William Faulkner, As I Lay DyingAddie
Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny WeatherallGranny
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching GodTea Cake
Caroline Slade, The Triumph of Willie PondWillie Pond
Simone De Beauvoir, She Came to StayXaviere
Harold Robbins, A Stone For Danny FisherDanny Fisher
Carson McCullers, Clock Without HandsJ. T. Malone
C.S. Lewis, A Grief ObservedWife, Helen Joy
Toni Morrison, BelovedSethe
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of CholeraDr. Juveral Urbino
Michael Ondaatje, The English PatientEnglish Patient
Charles Frazier, Cold MountainInman
Accidental:
Martyrs
Sacrificial
Religious
Person
King James, The Bible, Deuteronomy 32 & 34Moses
Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178Moses
King James, New TestamentJesus
Gregory of Nyssa, Life of MacrinaMacrina
Jacob of Sarug, The Fall of the IdolsMartyr
The Holy Qur’anBelievers
Bulfinch Mythology, Legends of CharlemagneRinaldo
Arabian Nights, Angel of DeathThe Proud, The Devout
Roswitha, DulcitusIrena
Hildegard of Bingen, SciviasMartyrs
John Milton, Paradise LostRedeemer
Accidental:
MetaphoricOmar Khayyam, RubaiyatOmar Khayyam
Franz Kafka, MetamorphosisGregor Samsa
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also RisesBull
Adam Zameenzad, My Friend MattGolam et.al.
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood BibleAfrican Gray Parrot
Monique Truong, The Book of SaltMother & Pigeon
Harold Pinter, Death etc.Anonymous Body
Accidental:
MysteriousUnknown, GilgameshEnkidu
Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of LammermoorLucy
Alexander Pushkin, Queen of SpadesCountess & Ghost
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian GrayDorian Gray
Accidental:
Old AgeKing James, The Bible, Deuteronomy 32 & 34Moses
Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178Moses
Miguel de Cervantes, Don QuixoteDon Quixote
Anton Chekhov, The BishopThe Bishop
Thomas Mann, Death in VeniceGustav Aschenbach
Marcel Proust, Guermantes WayGrandmother
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the ArchbishopFa. Jean Marie Latour
William Faulkner, As I Lay DyingAddie
William Faulkner, Delta AutumnMcCaslin
Vita Sackville-West, All Passion SpentLady Slane
Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny WeatherallGranny
Joseph Roth, The Radetzky MarchEmperor Francis Joseph
Caroline Slade, The Triumph of Willie PondWillie Pond
Conrad Richter, The TownMother Sayward
Flannery O’Connor, Wise BloodMr. Motes
C.S. Lewis, A Grief ObservedWife, Helen Joy
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion WineGreat-grandma
Jennifer Lash, Blood TiesBirkin
Monique Truong, The Book of SaltMother & Pigeon