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Worst Literary Marriages: Our Top Picks

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/13/11 02:52 AM ET   Updated: 08/12/11 06:12 AM ET

When we think about the most memorable couples in literature, most of us would probably name the pairs immortalized for their great romances--Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, Romeo and Juliet, Cathy and Heathcliff. But seriously, haven't they gotten enough attention? In our opinion, the more compelling (and realistic) literary relationships are the ones marked by conflict, violence, chaos, and, sometimes, irresistibly dark humor. Below, our favorite classic literary couples who perhaps should never have been coupled at all. Click through our picks below and add your own comments.

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"Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says appreciatively of Daisy Buchanan, the married object of his desire and affection. That simple quote summarizes the superficial relationships between the vapid socialites of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novella "The Great Gatsby." The loveless, though stable, marriage of beautiful, shallow Daisy and the highbrow bully Tom Buchanan parallels the amoral society in which they live: the couple is loyal only to their affluence and social influence and maintain their marriage for the sole purpose of sustaining their unrestrained materialism.
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