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Is this a classic plotline?

A recurring plotline is the "protagonist is put in the position of having to kill a loved one to protect the greater good" - vampire stories do this a lot; it formed the first half of Mr & Mrs Smith; it's also the underpinning for "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" and I think more than one 007 movie.

Is there a classic novel that is a basis for the concept? Like "Romeo & Juliet" is the impossible love myth, or Les Liaisons Dangereuses originated the "evil corrupts an innocent, only to fall in love" myth...
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September 6th, 2006 9:11am
There is the biblical story of Abraham being instructed by GOD to kill his only son.
I don't remember if there was any 'greater good' involved there.
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September 6th, 2006 9:15am
Hm. Similar... Actually the Spy who came in from the Cold story is closer to that than to the vampire plot.

The vampire plot is where a loved one is changed (either actively changed during the story, or at least changed in perception - i.e. an undercover agent revealed) and the protagonist is put in the position of having to destroy them, because there is no redemption.
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September 6th, 2006 9:19am
I'm assuming you've already considered "Dracula" :)>
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September 6th, 2006 10:06am
The generic plotline is the protagonist having to choose one greater good (altruistic love) over another (romantic love).
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September 6th, 2006 11:15am
George Clooney in Dusk Till Dawn

Banderas in Desperado
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September 6th, 2006 12:10pm

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