History DrivenToSuicide / Literature

17th Jun '18 7:40:56 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LordDunsany's short story ''The Jest of the Gods'', the title characters created a king's soul containing more pride, strength, and ambition than kings ordinarily had, then sent the soul to be born as a slave. Their jest backfired when the soul grew up and was Driven To Suicide, which they hadn't expected. Leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he then faces them down.

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* In Creator/LordDunsany's short story ''The Jest of the Gods'', the title characters created a king's soul containing more pride, strength, and ambition than kings ordinarily had, then sent the soul to be born as a slave. Their jest backfired when the soul grew up and was Driven To Suicide, which they hadn't expected. Leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he then faces them down.



*** [[spoiler:Fingolfin]] challenges [[spoiler:Morgoth]] to single combat (he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome does pretty well]], but there was no way he was going to win, and he's smart enough that he must have known that);

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*** [[spoiler:Fingolfin]] challenges [[spoiler:Morgoth]] to single combat (he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome does pretty well]], well, but there was no way he was going to win, and he's smart enough that he must have known that);



* PlayedForLaughs in Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1. In the book's climax, the Heart of Gold's crew was being fired upon by intergalactic police. [[spoiler: Then the cops suddenly died for no apparent reason. As it turned out, Marvin had been talking to the other ship's computer giving it his views on the universe. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The computer then committed suicide taking the cops out with it]].]]

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* PlayedForLaughs in Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1. In the book's climax, the Heart of Gold's crew was being fired upon by intergalactic police. [[spoiler: Then the cops suddenly died for no apparent reason. As it turned out, Marvin had been talking to the other ship's computer giving it his views on the universe. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The computer then committed suicide taking the cops out with it]].]]
17th Jun '18 7:39:57 PM PaulA
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* Raoul de Bragelonne in ''Literature/TheManInTheIronMask'' commits [[SuicideByCop suicide by Algerians]] after being dumped by his girlfriend.

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* Raoul de Bragelonne in ''Literature/TheManInTheIronMask'' Bragelonne, the title character of ''Literature/TheVicomteDeBragelonne'', commits [[SuicideByCop suicide by Algerians]] after being dumped by his girlfriend.
21st Jan '18 7:01:13 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': Borall, after hearing that Elelar's appeal is going to be heard in Valda, kills himself knowing it will be revealed how much information Elalar got from him unwittingly.

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* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': Borall, after hearing that Elelar's appeal is going to be heard in Valda, kills himself knowing it will be revealed how much information Elalar got from him unwittingly. [[spoiler: Alcinar]] drowned herself after Zarien was born, due to apparent trauma from being raped.
30th Dec '17 7:45:05 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''Literature/SleepingBeauties'': From the first moment Aurora is reported, suicide rates among the men of the world drastically increases, with many men unable to live on without hope their wifes and daughters will ever wake up, or hoping to join them in the dreamland they went to. A schoolteacher named Eliot Ainsley announces his suicide on a radioshow before doing it. And after waking up from her Aurora-induced sleep, a woman named Rita Coomb finds her husband Terry has killed himself in the garage.
4th Dec '17 11:18:53 AM Pichu-kun
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** Holden remember a classmate who was bullied by other boys and ended up jumping out of a window.

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** Holden remember remembers a classmate who was bullied by other boys and ended up jumping out of a window.
4th Dec '17 11:18:47 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'':
** The protagonist, Holden, displays some suicidal ideation in the book.
** Holden remember a classmate who was bullied by other boys and ended up jumping out of a window.
20th Nov '17 12:19:55 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheNeanderthalParallax'': After the virus he made is unleashed by [[spoiler: Jock, Cornelius]] kills himself. Through burning, since he wants no evidence left behind that he's been castrated.
22nd Oct '17 5:10:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''The Chalet Girls Grow Up'' by Merryn Williams, a sequel to the original ''ChaletSchool'' series by Elinor Brent-Dyer, [[spoiler:Jack Maynard]] commits suicide after falling into serious financial trouble and [[spoiler:Jo]] becoming increasingly absent-minded and difficult to live with (it is implied that she has Alzheimer's Disease.) This is part of the reason for the book's BrokenBase, since in the original series [[spoiler:Jack]] was a strict Catholic and would have considered it a terrible sin to commit suicide.

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* In ''The Chalet Girls Grow Up'' by Merryn Williams, a sequel to the original ''ChaletSchool'' ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series by Elinor Brent-Dyer, [[spoiler:Jack Maynard]] commits suicide after falling into serious financial trouble and [[spoiler:Jo]] becoming increasingly absent-minded and difficult to live with (it is implied that she has Alzheimer's Disease.) This is part of the reason for the book's BrokenBase, since in the original series [[spoiler:Jack]] was a strict Catholic and would have considered it a terrible sin to commit suicide.
23rd Sep '17 9:22:48 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): After a long succession of absolutely everything in Kaladin's life going wrong, from his brother dying, to his squad being slaughtered, to being made a slave and tossed into the worst job imaginable, Kaladin finally decides to go to "Honor Chasm" and jump. Syl manages to stop him at the last second by [[ItMakesSenseInContext bringing him poison]].

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* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'':
After a long succession of absolutely everything in Kaladin's life going wrong, from his brother dying, to his squad being slaughtered, to being made a slave and tossed into the worst job imaginable, Kaladin finally decides to go to "Honor Chasm" and jump. Syl manages to stop him at the last second by [[ItMakesSenseInContext bringing him poison]].poison]].
** ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'': Shallan and Kaladin finally connect when she describes his depression perfectly, in a way that makes him realize [[NotSoDifferent she must have experienced it herself]]. We don't get a scene of Shallan actually considering the act, but one of the things she mentions is being so depressed you can't even work up the willpower to kill yourself.
** Seems Radiants in general suffer from this, due to every single one of them being a BrokenAce. Teft even explains that part of their first Ideal ("Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination") is about not risking your life unnecessarily. So yes, there are ten entire orders of holy knights who are so depressed that they need "don't commit suicide" as an ironclad rule.
8th Sep '17 12:19:37 AM PaulA
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* Happens to quite a few of Creator/HPLovecraft's characters after surviving some form of [[CosmicHorrorStory Cosmic Horror]] or another. The narrator of ''Dagon'' is one example, as is the protagonist's uncle in ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' after learning of the family's monstrous heritage.

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* Happens to quite a few of Creator/HPLovecraft's characters after surviving some form of [[CosmicHorrorStory Cosmic Horror]] or another. another.
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The narrator of ''Dagon'' is one example, as is the ''Literature/{{Dagon}}''.
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protagonist's uncle in ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' after learning of the family's monstrous heritage.
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