Top Ten Books With Characters Who Commit Infidelity

Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is pretty much a free-for-all, since the topic is “Top ten books which features characters who…” and it’s up to us bloggers to finish the sentence.

Why did I pick the oh-so-controversial subject of adultery? Because my first thought turned to English class during my junior year of high school, the theme of which I had dubbed, “Women who cheat on their husbands.” Not all the required reading fit into this category, but a whole lot of it did.

Call me a harlot if you want, but there’s something so captivating about women trapped in loveless marriages and seeking passion outside of them. Many of these novels were written during historical periods in which it was taboo for women of a certain age to be unwed, and I don’t blame these characters for rebelling against the prison that society coerced them in. No one gave the husbands any grief for cheating, so I say down with the double standard!

Thus, here are my top ten books with characters (both men and women!) who commit infidelity:

TTT Cheaters 1

TTT Cheaters 2

Women Who Have Wandered

1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Men with Mistresses

6. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
7. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
8. Medea by Euripides

Classic Cheaters I Need to Read

9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
10. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Books With Characters Who Commit Infidelity

  1. Great topic! I know a lot of people get “funny” over the topic of cheating in literature, but to me it’s an interesting arena – from the psychological reasons as to why people do it, to the fact it’s a grey and not black and white topic, to the fact that it happens in real life and I love reading about real life issues, I personally don’t have a problem with it featuring in books! R x

    My TTT: http://confessionsofabookgeek.com/2015/04/28/top-ten-tuesday-male-characters-who-have-my-heart/

  2. My first thought was The Awakening. I remember in high school how much some classmates disliked the protagonist. I know not many people like Daisy Buchanan either, but I think she’s a really interesting character. All these women are fascinating!

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