Created By: erforceJune 19, 2011 Last Edited By: erforceOctober 24, 2012
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End of the Rope

Death by hanging.

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a.k.a. "One More for the Rope", "You Noose You Lose", or any other pun you can think of.

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Seeing how we have two tropes about surviving a hanging, the why shouldn't we have one for dying by it?

Form of Driven To Suicide and Public Execution. No Real Life examples, please.


Examples

Film

Literature
  • "An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. Turns out The entire story is an Imagine Spot and the person is about to die from hanging.

Live Action TV

Music
  • The song "Strange Fruit" is about the American South's unfortunate history of mobs of white men lynching black men (and women and children) for any infraction real or perceived.
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  • June 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Music
    • The song "Strange Fruit" is about the American South's unfortunate history of mobs of white men lynching black men (and women and children) for any infraction real or perceived.

    Film
    • Chicago The Hunyak's "disappearing act" is her dying by hanging for murder.

    Folklore and Mythology
    • Arachne, after getting on the wrong side of a Athena for bragging about her weaving, hangs herself in a tree. The goddess takes pity on her, brings her Back From The Dead and turns her into a spider.

    Literature
    • "An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. Turns out The entire story is an Imagine Spot and the person is about to die from hanging.
    • Dr. Alexander Kellis committed suicide by hanging in the Newsflesh series, distraught over the gay-bashing death of his husband as well as the ruination of his career and the fact that his work had contributed to the events of the Rising.

    Live Action TV

  • June 19, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Not sure this is a trope, but No Real Life Examples Please. There are far too many to list.

    "Strange Fruit" would fall under Music anyway, not Real Life, even if it is a song about Real Life.
  • June 19, 2011
    Rolf
    That dont count as real life, but in Music group.
  • June 19, 2011
    bluepenguin
    This isn't a trope. These examples don't necessarily have anything in common besides the manner of death. Suicide by hanging, lynching, and execution by hanging are all very different in terms of connotations and what they're trying to convey about the people involved. In other words, it's People Sit On Chairs.
  • June 19, 2011
    Trotzky
    Of course its a trope. Death = important stuff happening. People Sit On Chairs is NOT a trope because nothing happens. There is a large index for Death Tropes. The Index for Chair Tropes is so small that it is Red Linked.
  • June 19, 2011
    PaulA
    People Sit On Chairs isn't about whether "nothing happens", it's about whether this thing happening conveys a particular meaning or serves a narrative purpose.

    If a character getting hanged doesn't convey any meaning beyond "there's a character, and he gets hanged", then People Getting Hanged is People Sit On Chairs.
  • June 20, 2011
    Trotzky
    The meaning and narrative purpose is when we the Audience see Judge Alice hang evil people, we know she is Bad Ass. Judge Bob randomly hangs innocent and guilty, we know he is incompetent. Judge Charles takes bribes etc. It has a narrative purpose.

  • June 20, 2011
    jaytee
    Definitely and certainly, 100% Not A Trope.

    ^Those examples aren't exclusive to hanging. You're describing something more like The Punishment Fits The Judge.
  • June 20, 2011
    TippyToeZombie
    Clayton's death in Tarzan is this and is one of the most horrifying deaths of any Disney villain.
  • June 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    One hanging trope or subtrope is the person in prison (or about to go to prison) who hangs himself rather than facing justice - or is killed but it's made to look like suicide.
  • June 20, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    The Disney's Tarzan is also not someone suiciding or being hanged by the law. It was an accident brought on by Clayton's obsession and fury.
  • June 21, 2011
    Trotzky
    "Definitely and certainly, 100% Not A Trope"

    I disagree. If it waddles like a trope and it quacks like a trope, it's a trope.
  • June 21, 2011
    jaytee
    ^That statement is true, but this idea neither waddles or quacks.

    Someone being hanged does not serve a common narrative purpose. There are aspects of hanging that are tropeable (see: Shoot The Rope), but the act in general does not convey information to the audience independent of the work it's in.

    Please go read the People Sit On Chairs article again. This is very clearly an example of PSOC.
  • June 21, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    I would disagree it's not a trope.

    Tropes serve a narrative purpose.

    Usually showing somebody hanged by the neck serves the narrative purpose of:

    • Making the audience feel vindicated that a bad guy who truly deserved it is dead
    • Making the audience feel pity and sorrow that an innocent or good person who didn't deserve it is dying unjustly.
    • Making the audience feel shock because they believed the media really wouldn't cross that line.
    • Making the audience feel horror and shock that somebody would sooner suicide this way than deal with whatever drove them to suicide.
    • Making the audience feel angry that somebody escaped being brought to justice for their crimes.
  • June 21, 2011
    bluepenguin
    Well, yes, but those are all different narrative purposes and therefore they're different tropes. For it to be one trope there needs to be a common narrative purpose that most examples serve. And none of those things is specific to death by hanging, anyway.
  • June 22, 2011
    Madeira
    In the great train robbery there's one
  • June 22, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^In addition to everything bluepenguin just said (which is all 100% true), you have to realize that while tropes serve a narrative purpose, not everything that serves a narrative purpose is a trope. Tropes are patterns of narrative purpose. Have you read the People Sit On Chairs article?

    I really can't believe we're still discussing this.
  • June 22, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    Fairport Convention's Concept Album Babbacombe Lee, particularly "Wake Up, John (The Hanging Song)", about a Victorian man sentenced to death by hanging. The gallows malfunctioned on three separate occasions, an obscure technicality that meant he was released.
  • June 22, 2011
    Trotzky
    I don't think that counts. OP cited tropes about people being rexcued from hanging. This trope is where the hanging actually happens.
  • June 30, 2011
    erforce
    I found it odd how getting your throat slashed/stabbed, your eye being poked/shot out or simply getting kicked in the nuts warrants their own specific pages, but something so common in fiction like hanging can't.
  • June 30, 2011
    erforce
    Whoops, double-post.
  • October 24, 2012
    Telcontar
    This still isn't a trope. Everything Paradisca listed is common to other types of death, there is no theme connecting the hangings currently listed as examples, and so on. Kicking someone in the nuts demonstrates how the person isn't above dirty fighting and it can lead to a gender reveal, and eyes being shot out is a sign of excellent marksmanship. Shoot Him isn't a trope, though, and neither is Hang Him. Tropes/things that could be tropes related to hanging include Swinging In The Breeze, Shoot The Rope, and Slipped The Noose; hanging itself, though, is just a thing that happens as other deaths do. Discarding.

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