List of Fictional Suicides (From David Markson’s Reader’s Block)

Emma Bovary.

Anna Karenina.

Othello.

Jocasta.

Brunnhilde.

Hedda Gabler.

Romeo and Juliet.

Werther.

Dido.

Cio-Cio-San.

Antigone and Haemon.

Miss Julie.

Axel Heyst.

Quentin Compson.

Aida.

Inspector Javert.

Mynheer Peeperkorn. Leo Naphta.

Smerdyakov.

Rudolf Virag.

Edna Pontellier.

Hero.

Manrico’s Leonora.

Cheri.

Goneril.

Richard Cory.

McWatt.

Tosca.

Stravrogin. Kirillov.

Martin Eden.

Hurstwood.

Pyramus and Thisbe.

Roithamer.

Pierre Glendinning.

Winnie Verloc.

George Wilson.

Hedvig Ekdal.

Christine Mannon. Orin Mannon.

Willy Loman.

Senta.

Maggie Johnson.

Peter Grimes.

Bess, the landlord’s black-eyed daughter.

Svidrigailov.

James O. Incandenza.

Konstantin Treplev.

Bartleby.

Septimus Smith.

Deirdre.

Seymour Glass.

Ophelia.

Samson.

Eustacia Vye.

Phaedra.

Alcetis.

Launcelot.

From David Markson’s Reader’s Block.  By my count, Markson references throughout the book 149 suicides (or near-suicides, or presumed suicides) of real, actual persons (i.e., not including the list above). This count does not include Markson’s reference to “Nine hundred and sixty Jews” who “committed suicide at Masada, in 73 A.D., rather than surrender to the Roman legions that had lately sacked Jersusalem.” It’s entirely possible I miscounted.

3 thoughts on “List of Fictional Suicides (From David Markson’s Reader’s Block)”

    1. I can’t tell if you’re serious or not. If I spoiled some of the plots of these works, I really am sorry. For the most part though, this stuff strikes me as either common knowledge, or expressed fairly up front in the texts. Plus, i really don’t think knowing that, say, Othello smites himself thus at the end of the play ruins it.

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  1. I am really looking forward to reading Anna Karenina, now knowing that she commits ‘suicide’, it makes the surrounding story interesting.

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