I was really excited about this topic, and it really is, except when I was trying to come up with my examples I went totally blank. So, after much agonizing though and wondering why I couldn’t think of more literary betrayals, this is what I’ve come up with. Oh and since most betrayals don’t happen early in the story- lots of these are spoilers!
Some people think Tolkien’s characters were flat or lacking conflict. My answer for that is Boromir. Preferred older son, warrior, hero. But in the end, he betrayed Frodo and the Fellowship. He did it for good reasons, to take the ring back to Gondor, to protect his people. Except that it would have destroyed his people. Doing the wrong thing (betraying your companions) for the right reasons (trying to save lives) is fascinating to me.
The thing that has always fascinated me about this book is the portrayal of a character who is in love with someone who did something unspeakably awful. Through Valerie’s memories you see a Nick who was kind and loving and the one person in the world who “got” her. And yet, he leaves her alone to deal with the worst kind of tragedy; he makes her high school experience even worse than what it was. If he had even a little bit of decency in him, how could he do what he did, and if he loved and understood his girlfriend, how could he abandon her to deal with so much grief?
In the first book in this series, Cassel Sharpe thinks that he’s killed his best friend Lila. He also thinks he is the only member of his family who can’t do cursework. It turns out that he’s wrong about both of these things and that his brothers have been using him to do terrible things. It’s even more of a betrayal because he looks up to his oldest brother so completely.
“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” In the first of Stephen King’s 7 book Gunslinger series, Roland, the main character sacrifices one of his companions. It’s because his quest is so big and so all-consuming. But it also would suck to be that companion. Also, in fantasy we expect all the characters on a quest to sort of stick together? And the character he sacrifices is a kid. In later books you get information that makes this a little more bearable, and you learn why his quest is such a big deal, but in the first book it was pretty shocking, at least to me.
Death is impossible and living is impossibly hard for 17-year-old Araby Worth, with her exclusive, decadent lifestyle surrounded by a plague-ravaged society …
Death is impossible and living is impossibly hard for 17-year-old Araby Worth in this sexy, post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe’s gothic horror story of the same name.
It’s 1870 and a deadly virus has decimated the population of North America. Masked corpse-collectors roam the streets, removing the bodies before the contagion can spread. Though Araby tries to escape it all with drugs and parties, even at her most intoxicated she can’t forget her brother’s death – or her guilt for causing it.
But things begin to change when William, the fascinating proprietor of The Debauchery Club where she searches for oblivion, and Elliott, nephew of the insane dictator, enter her life. One wants her heart, and the other her name. Convinced that he has won over his uncle’s army, Elliott believes that having Araby on his arm will charm the populace into supporting a new government. After all, her father is the inventor of the mask which prevents the spread of the plague and saved civilisation – for those who can afford it.
… but Araby’s greatest interest is that his plans will make protective masks available to all citizens and, in particular, to Will’s young siblings, whom she has come to love despite herself. But nothing is what it seems. A new contagion called the Red Death is sweeping the city and a shocking revelation about the origin of the new virus puts Araby’s life in danger.
The mob wants her. The rebels want her. And both boys want her. In this superb two-book series, what and who Araby chooses may just decide the fate of humanity …
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