UM HELLO! I am pretty sure George kills Lennie, and Piggy is killed by everyone, Hester is ostracized, Tom is shot 17 times right before he makes it over the fence, and the family in The Pearl! Yes, classic literature is very clean. HA!
But I think the bigger issue is how do you teach a child that fiction is exactly that, FICTION? What if they can't see the difference? How would you approach this?