The Most Heartbreaking Deaths In Literature

Any book lover will tell you that there are some deaths you just can’t get over.

I know at least three popped into your head as soon as you read the title of this post.

Are you ever going to get over them?

I didn’t think so.  To purchase the book, click on the title.


Beth March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Beth March never hurt a fly.  That didn’t do her any favors, however, because her charitable nature is the reason why she contracts scarlet fever and dies!


Lennie Small in Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

For some reason, mercy killings are always the worst. Lennie’s death is so horrible that it’s become iconic.


Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

If you thought Charlotte’s death in the movie was bad, the book comes as a real punch to the gut. She sends Wilbur and Templeton away before she dies at the fairground — alone.


Fred Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Having the whole family reunited, only to kill off the poor, funny guy who never hurt anyone was a really low blow, J.K. Rowling.

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