Meet the Fatalities: Malachi, Murder

In THE LAST GHOST, the Death that comes to end a person's life depends on the nature of the cause of death. There are 16 deaths, called Fatalities, in the book. Over the next 16 days, we will meet one Fatality each day, and discuss which heartbreaking fictional character death belongs with each character.

Meet the Fourth Fatality, Murder, Commonly Referred to as Malachi

"The only death who really looked like that was Malachi, the death of murder, except he had a red cloak, and everyone knew he played up that element of his look on purpose—he tried to look scary."--The Last Ghost

Malachi is one of the first deaths that appear in the book, and he is the one that tells Woe to check on those left behind. However, arguably, murder is one of the most common deaths in fiction! If you were a fictional character, with all the murder mysteries, thrillers, action movies, etc. I would recommend watching your back. 


Take Macbeth for instance--Banquo's whole family is murdered as a threat to power. There are a lot of murders in Shakespeare--in Hamlet, three people die via poisoned sword. George R.R. Martin is also famous for murder in Game of Thrones. Surprisingly, Murder also seems to be the most common cause of death for Hogwarts alumni. 


For today's thought on who would get murder as a death, I controversially chose Rue, from The Hunger Games. As we discover in The Last Ghost, sometimes it is not always clear which death someone should receive. Whether she was murdered by Marvel with an arrow, or by the Capital with the creation of the Hunger Games in the first place, I would still argue that murder would be the most appropriate classification. 


"Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the mockingjays that sing in the trees."--Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins



What other murders in fiction broke your heart? What other fictional deaths do you think would have resulted in Malachi? Why do you think so many books feature murders?