The top 5 most shocking deaths in literature: Romeo and Juliet

romeoandjuliet-180.jpgRomeo and Juliet from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare lays out a clear disclaimer by calling this a tragedy. But seriously, why do they both have to die? If Helen Fielding had written Romeo and Juliet, Romeo would die and Juliet would be stronger for it. She'd go through a period of intense introspection and self-discovery and start a new life.

Watch the harrowing death scene from the 1990s movie adaptation of the play with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

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