History DrivenToSuicide / Theatre

8th Jun '16 5:14:03 PM WillBGood
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** Ajax, after his madness dissipates, is in such a state of dishonour that he cannot allow himself to try and reconcile with the [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Greeks]] in ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'', in spite of the pleas of his family and friends. He tricks them into thinking is is fine but then goes off to commit suicide on [[{{Irony}} Hektor's sword]].

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** Ajax, after his madness dissipates, is in such a state of dishonour that he cannot allow himself to try and reconcile with the [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Greeks]] in ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'', in spite of the pleas of his family and friends. He tricks them into thinking is he is fine but then goes off to commit suicide on [[{{Irony}} Hektor's sword]].
12th Mar '16 2:04:17 AM GrammarNavi
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** Floria Tosca of the opera ''{{Tosca}}'' throws herself off a tower after a harrowing BreakTheCutie ordeal that ends with her being forced to accept the original ScarpiaUltimatum to keep her lover Mario Cavaradossi from being executed, killing Scarpia before he can rape her, and then finding out that he had ordered Mario's real execution instead of the false one he had promised her if she agreed to it.

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** Floria Tosca of the opera ''{{Tosca}}'' ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'' throws herself off a tower after a harrowing BreakTheCutie ordeal that ends with her being forced to accept the original ScarpiaUltimatum to keep her lover Mario Cavaradossi from being executed, killing Scarpia before he can rape her, and then finding out that he had ordered Mario's real execution instead of the false one he had promised her if she agreed to it.
7th Mar '16 2:20:07 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Very'' prominent in Greek tragedy.

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* ''Very'' prominent in Greek tragedy.tragedy:



* ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''': [[spoiler:Martha actually does commit suicide after the rumor of her being a lesbian becomes too much.]]
** To specify: She considers her and her best friends lives ruined because of said rumor, a rumor that occured because [[spoiler:she ''did'' have feelings for Karen]]. Karen's fiance [[spoiler:leaving her due to doubting her fidelity]] only made everything worse. Combine this extra stress and guilt with the fact she's a lesbian in TheTwenties, possibly TheThirties, and the fact she has an unrequited love and...

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* ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''': [[spoiler:Martha actually does commit In ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'' [[spoiler:Martha]] commits suicide after the rumor of her being a lesbian becomes too much.]]
** To specify:
due to various reasons, mostly stemming from [[spoiler:heavy {{gayngst}}]]. She considers her and her best friends lives ruined because of said rumor, a rumor that occured because [[spoiler:she ''did'' have feelings for Karen]]. Karen's fiance [[spoiler:leaving her due to doubting her fidelity]] only made everything worse. Combine this extra stress and guilt with the fact she's a lesbian in TheTwenties, possibly TheThirties, TheTwenties (possibly TheThirties) and the fact she has an unrequited love and...
25th Nov '15 4:46:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/HenrikIbsen ''loved'' this trope. He wrote suicidal characters in ''Theatre/ADollsHouse'', ''Ghosts'' (assisted suicide), ''Theatre/TheWildDuck'', ''Theatre/{{Rosmersholm}}'', and ''HeddaGabler''. Not all of them go through with it, but for those five plays, the final tally is: 4 suicides in the text, 1 in the backstory, and possibly 2 others, depending on your character interpretation. As great a writer as he was, Ibsen really could have used a hug.

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* Creator/HenrikIbsen ''loved'' this trope. He wrote suicidal characters in ''Theatre/ADollsHouse'', ''Ghosts'' (assisted suicide), ''Theatre/TheWildDuck'', ''Theatre/{{Rosmersholm}}'', and ''HeddaGabler''.''Theatre/HeddaGabler''. Not all of them go through with it, but for those five plays, the final tally is: 4 suicides in the text, 1 in the backstory, and possibly 2 others, depending on your character interpretation. As great a writer as he was, Ibsen really could have used a hug.
17th Oct '15 3:54:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Four words: ''DeathOfASalesman''.

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* %%* Four words: ''DeathOfASalesman''.''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''.



** ''MadameButterfly'', in its tragic [[TearJerker tearjerking]] finale, has poor Cio-Cio-San committing ''{{seppuku}}'' with the dagger given to her by the Mikado after learning that her lover Pinkerton is not coming for her like he promised her he would and that he has married another.

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** ''MadameButterfly'', ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'', in its tragic [[TearJerker tearjerking]] finale, has poor Cio-Cio-San committing ''{{seppuku}}'' with the dagger given to her by the Mikado after learning that her lover Pinkerton is not coming for her like he promised her he would and that he has married another.



* ''TheChildrensHour''': [[spoiler:Martha actually does commit suicide after the rumor of her being a lesbian becomes too much.]]

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* ''TheChildrensHour''': ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''': [[spoiler:Martha actually does commit suicide after the rumor of her being a lesbian becomes too much.]]



* [[TheWoobie Moritz Stiefel]] in SpringAwakening. He's a decent, hard-working kid trying to deal with schoolwork and his parents making him feel like a total pariah at home when he doesn't get top marks, plus guilt and shame over his changing body and sexual urges. He seems to get a break when he finds out he passed the midterms. Whereupon they fail him anyway because the school can't pass everyone. He then appeals to his best friend's mother, who apparently doesn't give a poo about his angst and ignores his cry for help, and his parents - well... After that, a (female) childhood friend offers him comfort, but he's so conflicted, he refuses and she storms off, very hurt. And then the poor boy puts a pistol in his mouth. And most of the audience walk away with broken hearts.

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* [[TheWoobie Moritz Stiefel]] in SpringAwakening.''Theatre/SpringAwakening''. He's a decent, hard-working kid trying to deal with schoolwork and his parents making him feel like a total pariah at home when he doesn't get top marks, plus guilt and shame over his changing body and sexual urges. He seems to get a break when he finds out he passed the midterms. Whereupon they fail him anyway because the school can't pass everyone. He then appeals to his best friend's mother, who apparently doesn't give a poo about his angst and ignores his cry for help, and his parents - well... After that, a (female) childhood friend offers him comfort, but he's so conflicted, he refuses and she storms off, very hurt. And then the poor boy puts a pistol in his mouth. And most of the audience walk away with broken hearts.



* ''CyranoDeBergerac'':

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* ''CyranoDeBergerac'':''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'':



* In the backstory of ''{{Rent}}'', Roger's girlfriend April slit her wrists after testing HIV-positive.
* In ''JesusChristSuperstar'' Judas hanged himself shortly after betraying Jesus.

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* In the backstory of ''{{Rent}}'', ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Roger's girlfriend April slit her wrists after testing HIV-positive.
* In ''JesusChristSuperstar'' ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' Judas hanged himself shortly after betraying Jesus.
15th May '15 9:06:51 AM StFan
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* In ''Theatre/TheTragedyOfMan'', [[spoiler:Adam]] is on the verge of jumping off a cliff in the last scene. He is stopped when [[spoiler:Eve tells him she is pregnant.]]
16th Mar '15 8:43:47 PM jormis29
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** Ajax, after his madness dissipates, is in such a state of dishonour that he cannot allow himself to try and reconcile with the [[TheTrojanWar Greeks]] in ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'', in spite of the pleas of his family and friends. He tricks them into thinking is is fine but then goes off to commit suicide on [[{{Irony}} Hektor's sword]].

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** Ajax, after his madness dissipates, is in such a state of dishonour that he cannot allow himself to try and reconcile with the [[TheTrojanWar [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Greeks]] in ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'', in spite of the pleas of his family and friends. He tricks them into thinking is is fine but then goes off to commit suicide on [[{{Irony}} Hektor's sword]].
29th Dec '14 9:51:19 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' Judas hanged himself shortly after betraying Jesus.
* In DorothyLSayers's ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Maximian. Or so one soldier recounts to another, who doesn't believe it -- Maximian had tried to assasinate Constantine, and Constantine only threw him in jail? Much more likely he was disposed of.

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* In ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' ''JesusChristSuperstar'' Judas hanged himself shortly after betraying Jesus.
* In DorothyLSayers's Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Maximian. Or so one soldier recounts to another, who doesn't believe it -- Maximian had tried to assasinate Constantine, and Constantine only threw him in jail? Much more likely he was disposed of.
9th Jul '14 5:56:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Magda Sorel in ''TheConsul'', having failed after many visits to get the Secretary to give her something besides paperwork, gasses herself to death at home.

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** Magda Sorel in ''TheConsul'', ''Theatre/TheConsul'', having failed after many visits to get the Secretary to give her something besides paperwork, gasses herself to death at home.
21st May '14 2:43:11 PM Eilevgmyhren
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