Love, Tragic

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417. Love, Tragic (See also Death, Premature.)

  1. Abélard, Pierre (1079c.1144) philosopher notorious for the tragic love affair with Héloїse. [Fr. Hist.: Benét, 2]
  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]
  3. Alfredo and Violetta his love for the courtesan is shattered by her renunciation and fatal illness. [Ital. Opera: Verdi La Traviata in Benét, 1022]
  4. 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]
  5. Annabel Lee a storm swept her away. [Am. Lit.: Annabel Lee in Hart, 35]
  6. Antony and Cleopatra victims of conflict between political ambition and love. [Br. Lit.: Antony and Cleopatra ]
  7. Archer, Newland though attracted to his wifes cousin Ellen, he cannot act to win her. [Am. Lit.: The Age of Innocence ]
  8. Blessed Damozel, The Rossetti poem depicting the longing of a beatified maiden for her mortal lover. [Br. Poetry: The Blessed Damozel in Benét, 113]
  9. Cabot, Eben, and Abbie Putnam after feuding, recognize love; each imprisoned thereafter. [Am. Lit.: Desire Under the Elms ]
  10. Clärchen commits suicide when beloved receives death sentence. [Ger. Lit.: Egmont ]
  11. Deirdre when Noisi is betrayed and slain, she kills herself. [Irish Legend: Benét, 259260]
  12. Delphine and Leonce she takes poison when he is shot as a traitor. [Fr. Lit.: Mme. de Staél Delphine in Benét, 262]
  13. Dido and Aeneas with the gods demanding his departure, she commits suicide. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid ; Fr. Opera: Berlioz, The Trojans, Westerman, 174176]
  14. Elizabeth dies when Tannhauser vows return to Venus. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Tannhauser, Westerman, 212]
  15. 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]
  16. Evangeline and Gabriel after years of searching, she finds him as he lay dying. [Am. Lit.: Evangeline in Hart, 263]
  17. 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]
  18. Fields of Mourning place in underworld where lovers who committed suicide dwell. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid ]
  19. Forsyte, Fleur and Jon their passion is foredoomed by the estrangement of her father and his mother. [Br. Lit.: The Forsyte Saga ]
  20. Forsyte, Irene, and Philip Bosinney she falls in love with him, her husbands architect; he dies in an accident. [Br. Lit.: The Forsyte Saga ]
  21. Frankie and Johnnie sporting woman shot her man for doing her wrong. [Pop. Music: Leach, 415]
  22. 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]
  23. Galatea and Acis love shattered by latters death. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses ]
  24. 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]
  25. Ghismonda and Guiscardo princesss and commoners affair fatal upon discovery. [Ital. Lit.: Decameron ]
  26. 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]
  27. Glaucus loses love, Scylla, when she is made monster. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses ]
  28. Gráinne second wife of Fionn, she elopes with Diarmiud; caught by Fionn, Diarmiud is killed. [Irish Legend: Century Classical, 509]
  29. Hero and Leander latter drowns, former kills herself in grief. [Gk. Lit.: Hero and Leander; Br. Lit.: Hero and Leander ]
  30. Hylonome commits suicide after death of lover, Cyllarus. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 72, 123]
  31. Karenina, Anna her death destroys Count Vronskys desire to live. [Russ. Lit.: Anna Karenina ]
  32. Launcelot, Sir, and Queen Guinevere exiled by King Arthur, he returns after the Kings death to find Guinevere a nun. [Arthurian Legend: Le Morte dArthur ]
  33. Le Sueur, Lucetta her love for Henchard squelched by his degradation. [Br. Lit.: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Magill I, 571573]
  34. Lenore the lost love with whom the poet learns that he will nevermore be united. [Am. Poetry: Poe The Raven ]
  35. 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 ]
  36. Liliom neer-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]
  37. Love Story idyllic romance of a young couple that is shattered by the death of the woman. [Am. Lit.: Segal Love Story ]
  38. 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]
  39. Mimi her love for Rodolfo ended by her early death. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, La Bohème, Westerman, 348350]
  40. Norma and Pollio die together as sacrifices to Druid war god. [Ital. Opera: Bellini, Norma, Westerman, 130131]
  41. Olindo and Sophronia latter condemned to stake; lover joins her. [Ital. Lit.: Jerusalem Delivered ]
  42. Onegin, Eugene, and Tatyana long hopelessly for each other after her marriage to another. [Russ. Lit.: Eugene Onegin ]
  43. Orpheus and Eurydice looking back to see if Eurydice was following him to earth, he lost her forever. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 103]
  44. Paolo and Francesca slain by his jealous brother, her husband, Giancotto. [Ital. Lit.: Inferno ]
  45. Pelléas and Mélisande she married the wrong brother; dies of disappointment. [Fr. Opera: Debussy, Pélleas and Mélisande, Westerman, 196]
  46. Pyramus and Thisbe thinking lover mauled, Pyramus kills himself; upon discovery, Thisbe does likewise. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses ]
  47. Romeo and Juliet archetypal star-crossed lovers. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet ]
  48. Saint-Preux and Julie dEtange passion waxes, but class strictures block marriage. [Fr. Lit.: The New Heloise ]
  49. Thornbirds, The love between Father Ralph and Meggie remains unfulfilled because of his priestly vows. [Australian Lit.: McCullough The Thornbirds in Weiss, 463]
  50. tin soldier adores a cardboard dancer, but both are consumed in a fire. [Dan Lit.: Andersen The Steadfast Tin Soldier in Andersens Fairy Tales ]
  51. Tosca and Cavaradossi famous singer, witnessing her lovers execution, jumps to her death. [Ital. Opera: Puccini Tosca in Benét, 1017]
  52. Tristan and Iseult irrevocably enamored; die because of his wifes machinations. [Medieval Legend: Tristan and Iseult ; Ger. Opera: Tristan and Iseult ]
  53. 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 ]
  54. Wray, Fay innocent beauty drives giant gorilla, Kong, to his death. [Am. Cinema: King Kong ]
  55. Wuthering Heights Heathcliffs revenge for Catherines sup-posed scorn leads to her marrying another and to his own lonely death. [Br. Lit.: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights in Magill I, 1137]
  56. Zhivago, Dr. Yurii has passionate but fleeting affair with Lara. [Russ. Lit.: Doctor Zhivago in Magill IV, 241]