What are titles of books that use the color black as a symbol or foreshadow of death?What are titles of books that use the color black as a symbol or foreshadow of death?

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cornell Woolrich was a very talented and popular thriller writer. Several of his books were made into movies, including Rear Window and Night Has a Thousand Eyes. He wrote a series of books in which the word "Death" is included in the title. They are:

The Bride Wore Black (Made into a French movie by Francois Truffaut)

The Black Curtain

Black Alibi

The Black Angel

The Black Path of Fear

Woolrich is still a cult favorite.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Richard Wright's autobiographical novel, Black Boy, employs the symbolism of black in its narrative.  For, it is Richard's blackness that prevents him from many activities and from achieving some of his goals.  Likewise, in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, specifically the first chapter with the Battle Royal, the narrator's blackness is certain symbolic of his exploitation.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some suggestions:

Germinal by Emile Zola

Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Summer by Edith Wharton

Night by Elie Wiesel

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
A lot of the examples here don't include the word black in the title. Does it have to be the word black, or just a dark word? For black in the title, Black Orchid comes to mind. Also The Black Pearl. How about Black Beauty? All have black as a warning, involving death and warning.
rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is another such work, though at various points, light and certainly whiteness are associated with death and evil as well. Black does not just symbolize death, but "savagery" and evil.


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