History Literature / ACanticleForLeibowitz

18th Mar '17 3:26:17 PM SorPepita
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* NoOSHACompliance: One of the monks ends up blinded, because he was manually operating an arc lamp withou proper eye protection. Nobody even ''knew'' how damaging it will be for his eyes, so he ended up operating the lamp for few days.

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* NoOSHACompliance: One of the monks ends up blinded, because he was manually operating an arc lamp withou without proper eye protection. Nobody even ''knew'' how damaging it will be for his eyes, so he ended up operating the lamp for few days.



* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists...and then other scholars...and then anyone with a formal education...and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.

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* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars...scholars... and then anyone with a formal education...education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.



* ShoutOut: the fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.

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* ShoutOut: the The fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.
18th Mar '17 3:10:58 PM SorPepita
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* FeudalFuture: Justified, seeing that an Age of Simplification leads to a new dark age.



* FeudalFuture: Justified, seeing that an Age of Simplification leads to a new dark age.
18th Mar '17 3:06:54 PM SorPepita
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Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Creator/EvelynWaugh, Creator/GrahamGreene, and Creator/WalkerPercy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. Miller's follow-up work, ''Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman'', was published posthumously in 1997.

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Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Creator/EvelynWaugh, Creator/GrahamGreene, and Creator/WalkerPercy, Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. Miller's follow-up work, ''Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman'', was published posthumously in 1997.
4th Feb '17 8:03:11 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* AntiIntellectualism: Simplification turned it to radical extreme, ending with hunting down people capable of reading. The fallout of the movement kept humanity on its knees for ''centuries''.
4th Feb '17 6:14:29 AM Kalaong
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->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.

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->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.



** The narration regarding the Simpletons and the last days of the pre-Deluge world reads like a liturgical sermon that would be more fitting for Martin Luther's time than Martin Luther King's. Hilariously enough, the Simpletons' rallying cry, which managed to survive intact down the generations, sounds much more like what working-class Americans would say.

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** The narration regarding the Simpletons and the last days of the pre-Deluge world reads like a liturgical sermon that would be more fitting for Martin Luther's time than Martin Luther King's. Hilariously King's;
--->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.
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enough, the Simpletons' rallying cry, which managed to survive intact down the generations, sounds much more like what working-class Americans would say.
4th Feb '17 6:13:20 AM Kalaong
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-->Simpletons! Yes, yes! I'm a simpleton! Are you a simpleton? We'll build a town and we'll name it Simple Town, because by then all the smart bastards that caused all this, they'll be dead! Simpletons! Let's go! This ought to show 'em! Anybody here not a simpleton? Get the bastard, if there is!

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-->Simpletons! --->Simpletons! Yes, yes! I'm a simpleton! Are you a simpleton? We'll build a town and we'll name it Simple Town, because by then all the smart bastards that caused all this, they'll be dead! Simpletons! Let's go! This ought to show 'em! Anybody here not a simpleton? Get the bastard, if there is!


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* InsultBackfire: The "Simplification" didn't really swing into high gear until some of the last scholars called the rampaging mobs "bloodthirsty simpletons."
4th Feb '17 6:10:10 AM Kalaong
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->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.
4th Feb '17 6:07:58 AM Kalaong
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-->Simpletons! Yes, yes! I'm a simpleton! Are you a simpleton? We'll build a town and we'll name it Simple Town, because by then all the smart bastards that caused all this, they'll be dead! Simpletons! Let's go! This ought to show 'em! Anybody here not a simpleton? Get the bastard, if there is!
18th Jan '17 2:52:55 PM Jan_z_Michal
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Humanity destroyed itself for the second time, learning nothing from the past. The magnitude of the destruction is implied as much more severe than the first time around. But what really seals it is how the monks left the Earth - for good]]. Whatever and whoever survives, ''if'' it's even possible to survive, is left for themselves.

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* DownerEnding: It's very easy to interpret the very bitter note of the BittersweetEnding as outright downer. [[spoiler: Humanity destroyed itself for the second time, learning nothing from the past. The magnitude of the destruction is implied as much more severe than the first time around. But what really seals it is how the monks left the Earth - for good]]. Whatever and whoever survives, ''if'' it's even possible to survive, is left for themselves.
18th Jan '17 2:50:47 PM Jan_z_Michal
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** Somewhere between the time directly after the Flame Deluge and ''Fiat Homo'', the information about blueprints being blue and white because they are a negative of the original plans was forgotten or lost. Cue monks spending ''weeks'' on carefully covering entire pages in hard to get blue ink manually, [[CriticalResearchFailure dead-sure it's the way how it's supposed to be done]].
** Notably averted with printing press and movable type. One of the abbots before ''Fiat Homo'' quickly realised printing press only makes sense if they are going to mass-produce those books. Otherwise it will simply take more time and effort to print them in few copies than to hand-write them. Eventually the press is used when there is demand for the books stored in the abbey.
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