What books or characters have you felt betrayed by?
This question is so deep I can’t even. But I love books, so of course I will anyway!
1. Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
She is such a trainwreck of emotion and sincerity that you hate her and yet you love her. You could never love her like the men in her life do, though. Heathcliff is eternally devoted. Edgar Linton is completely under her spell. I felt betrayed by Catherine because for all her tricks, she could not find a way to set either of these men free.
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
In one fell swoop, Cedric Diggory died and shattered the illusion that “everything would turn out in the end.” Of course, when the villain of the series is a soul-splitting demon that will stop at nothing to dominate forever, you can expect a few deaths along the way. It was the nasty insignificance of his death that felt like betrayal, though. That sense of “hey, not fair!” only heightened when Sirius gets knocked through the black veil, when Snape let Dumbledore die, and when so many beloved characters were lost in the Battle of Hogwarts.
3. 1984 (George Orwell)
This entire novel is festering with betrayal. Parents are sold out by their children, for starters. A simple guy like Winston should live a suitably simple life, but… he meets a girl. (That phrase has a history of ruining everything. Oh boy.) O’Brian, whom he trusts, betrays him, but even this is not the greatest betrayal. It is Winston himself who betrays Julia. He wishes his own punishment upon her, and he is the greatest traitor in the end.
4. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
Jim Casy was figuring it out. He started off a limp biscuit, mulling over this and that before he finally realized that “there ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing.” He had the guts to take the fall for Tom Joad, and he ended up dying a martyr’s death. It wasn’t Casy that did the betraying, it was the ordinary. It reminds me of a quote from The Imitation Game, which, by the way, I totally would have included if I had read the book and not just seen the movie. (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, awoooga!) Alan Turing says, “Sometimes it is the people that no one imagines anything of that do what no one can imagine.”
5. The Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Last, but definitely not least. Gollum. Why would you turn on Frodo, you sad, warped little hobbit-was? And that’s all I have to say about him and his precious.
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