History Literature / ABrighterSun

25th May '16 6:36:10 PM Someoneman
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* CallingTheOldManOut: Near the end of the novel, Tiger [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome does this]] to two doctors (one an Indian, one a Negro) who had earlier refused to come and see Urmilla in her moment of illness because of their assumptions born of elitism and FantasticRacism.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: Near the end of the novel, Tiger [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome does this]] this to two doctors (one an Indian, one a Negro) who had earlier refused to come and see Urmilla in her moment of illness because of their assumptions born of elitism and FantasticRacism.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In Joe's backstory, at age 16, he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome gives one to]] [[EvilMatriarch Ma Lambie]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard in retaliation]] [[LaserGuidedKarma for]] [[TheDogBitesBack her constant abuse of him]]. [[spoiler:Tiger later inflicts this on Urmilla while drunk, causing her to miscarry]].

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In Joe's backstory, at age 16, he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome gives one to]] to [[EvilMatriarch Ma Lambie]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard in retaliation]] [[LaserGuidedKarma for]] [[TheDogBitesBack her constant abuse of him]]. [[spoiler:Tiger later inflicts this on Urmilla while drunk, causing her to miscarry]].



* WhatTheHellHero: In what is possibly her CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Rita gives Tiger a savage telling-off when he expresses suspicion of Urmilla cheating on him (and the lecture takes up a whole long paragraph). Later on, Joe subjects Tiger to a much shorter but more threatening lecture for ignoring Urmilla in her time of illness [[spoiler:shortly before her miscarriage]].

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* WhatTheHellHero: In what is possibly her CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Rita gives Tiger a savage telling-off when he expresses suspicion of Urmilla cheating on him (and the lecture takes up a whole long paragraph). Later on, Joe subjects Tiger to a much shorter but more threatening lecture for ignoring Urmilla in her time of illness [[spoiler:shortly before her miscarriage]].
30th Apr '16 3:42:13 AM WillBGood
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The story also delves into the lives of Tiger's multi-ethnic neighbors in his new community of Barataria, the FantasticRacism that is both subtly and openly expressed there and throughout Trinidad at large, and how the nation as a whole is affected by the war happening hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean shores.

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The story also delves into the lives of Tiger's multi-ethnic neighbors in his new community of Barataria, the FantasticRacism racism that is both subtly and openly expressed there and throughout Trinidad at large, and how the nation as a whole is affected by the war happening hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean shores.



* FantasticRacism: All over the place, but especially expressed by Indians and Blacks against each other.



* YourCheatingHeart: On at least two occasions, Tiger has the opportunity open to him to sleep with prostitutes. Both times, however, he doesn't get to go through with it because the women don't think highly of him due to him being an Indian.

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* YourCheatingHeart: On at least two occasions, Tiger has the opportunity open to him to sleep with prostitutes. Both times, however, he doesn't get to go through with it because the women don't think highly of him due to him being an Indian.
29th Dec '13 4:50:13 PM LongLiveHumour
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Set in WorldWarII-era Trinidad, the story centers on a young Indian native named Tiger, who is placed in an arranged marriage at age 16. Leaving home with his equally-young bride Urmilla, Tiger struggles to come to terms with his newly-acquired adult status and proving that he has, in fact, reached true manhood.

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Set in WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era Trinidad, the story centers on a young Indian native named Tiger, who is placed in an arranged marriage at age 16. Leaving home with his equally-young bride Urmilla, Tiger struggles to come to terms with his newly-acquired adult status and proving that he has, in fact, reached true manhood.
2nd Jul '13 8:33:26 PM JusticeReaper
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* ParentalAbandonment: Joe's mother left him with his grand-aunt Ma Lambie, and nobody ever knew who his father was. Also, Henry's mother left him with Joe and Rita (his uncle and aunt) to live with a boyfriend in Venezuela, and his father is out of the picture as well.


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* ParentalAbandonment: Joe's mother left him with his grand-aunt Ma Lambie, and nobody ever knew who his father was. Also, Henry's mother left him with Joe and Rita (his uncle and aunt) to live with a boyfriend in Venezuela, and his father is out of the picture as well.
1st Jul '13 6:35:17 PM JusticeReaper
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* WouldHitAGirl: Joe Martin [[DomesticAbuse fights regularly]] with his common-law wife, Rita, and Tiger also recalls that Deen, another of his neighbors, once kicked his wife in front of everyone simply because she came into Tall Boy's shop while he was having a drink and asked him for money. Tiger himself, early in the novel, determines that he'll "bully the life out of" Urmilla if she doesn't do what he tells her. [[spoiler:He later does beat Urmilla while drunk, but it results in her miscarrying]].
30th Jun '13 8:29:30 PM JusticeReaper
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* ExecutiveMeddling: "A Brighter Sun" was not Selvon's first choice of a title for the novel, according to its foreword; instead, he had intended to call it "Soul and Soil," or "Highway in the Sun," the name which was eventually given to the novel's radio version 15 years after its first publication. Still, the current title is an appropriate one, as the foreword also admits.
--> At the end of the novel, Tiger, chastened and humbled by experience, looks forward, as does the country he is made to represent, to [[TitleDrop a brighter sun]], shedding its lambent light of independence, racial harmony, and increasing knowledge.
27th Jun '13 9:34:56 PM JusticeReaper
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* CulturalRebel: Tiger and Boysie. Tiger admits at one point that he was never into the habit of attending the various Indian feasts in his village, and he doesn't subscribe to the notion of only interacting with members of his own race. Boysie openly parades around with a black girlfriend, enjoying the stares he gets from old-fashioned Indians for it, and makes a point of hailing couples who are similarly mixed-raced whenever he passes them on the street.
27th Jun '13 6:58:06 PM JusticeReaper
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Both Tiger and the narrative only ever refer to his American boss as Chief.
27th Jun '13 6:56:15 PM JusticeReaper
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Tiger's boss, Chief, calls him John. It's played with in that Chief ''knows'' what Tiger's name actually is, but simply calls him John for ease of reference.


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--> '''Chief:''' How come you have such a funny name, John? Why did they call you Tiger?
--> '''Tiger:''' I don't know, I must be resemble a tiger!
27th Jun '13 7:40:10 AM JusticeReaper
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* CharacterDevelopment: Tiger gets this over time.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Tiger gets this over time.time, learning what it means to really be a man and to grow into maturity. Urmilla also grows, becoming more confident as a wife and mother.


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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Subverted with Tiger and Urmilla's second child]].
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