History Literature / BookOfEsther

1st Dec '16 7:19:29 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Many people hear the search for a queen portrayed as a beauty contest. While physical beauty ''was'' part of it, it was really more about who could "please the king" the most...''[[SexTropes in bed]].'' In other words, it was more of a CastingCouch than a BeautyContest. [[FridgeHorror Also]], these girls had [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes little to no say]] in whether or not they actually joined the RoyalHarem.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Many people hear the search for a queen portrayed as a beauty contest. While physical beauty ''was'' part of it, it was really more about who could "please the king" the most... ''[[SexTropes in bed]].'' In other words, it was more of a CastingCouch than a BeautyContest. [[FridgeHorror Also]], these girls had [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes little to no say]] in whether or not they actually joined the RoyalHarem.
28th Nov '16 12:54:34 PM theenglishman
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* AudienceParticipation: When the book is read out loud during Purim, audiences are expected to boo and jeer every time they hear the name of Haman. Noisemakers are even provided just so we can be sure his name is properly drowned out.

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* AudienceParticipation: When the book is read out loud during Purim, audiences are [[CheapHeat expected to boo and jeer jeer]] every time they hear the name of Haman. Noisemakers are even provided just so we can be sure his name is properly drowned out.
12th Nov '16 9:18:26 AM Specialist290
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* ForgotICouldChangeTheRules: Averted. The king is maneuvered into creating a law that would allow all the Jews to be massacred by Haman. When Queen Esther reveals that she is Jewish herself and exposes Haman to the king, the law authorizing pogrom cannot be annulled by even the king. [[spoiler:However, there is nothing that prevents him from passing a new law enabling the Jewish population to defend themselves with state support.]]

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* ForgotICouldChangeTheRules: Averted. The king is maneuvered into creating a law that would allow all the Jews to be massacred by Haman. When Queen Esther reveals that she is Jewish herself and exposes Haman to the king, the law authorizing pogrom cannot be annulled by even the king. [[spoiler:However, However, there is nothing that prevents him from passing a new law enabling the Jewish population to defend themselves with state support.]]


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* LoopholeAbuse: How Haman's planned massacre is ultimately prevented. Not even the king can rescind a royal decree once issued -- but there's nothing preventing him from issuing a new decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves and in their turn take the property of those who tried to kill them.
22nd Mar '16 2:06:38 PM rwac
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* InformedJudaism: Esther's Jewishness is a major plot point, but she apparently passed for a non-Jew well enough that her own husband was surprised to find out her nationality.

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* InformedJudaism: Esther's Jewishness is a major plot point, but she apparently passed for a non-Jew well enough that her own husband was surprised to find out her nationality.ethnicity/religion. However, hiding her Jewishness from Xerxes before they get married is also part of Mordecai's plan. Possibly a more acurate example of this trope in the story would be the scholarly suggestion that Esther and Mordecai are secular Jews, rather than religious ones. See YMMV.
29th Feb '16 1:13:13 PM MsChibi
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Although there really ''was'' a King Xerxes/Ahasuerus (actually, [[KingBobTheNth a couple of them]], the one from this book is usually identified as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerxes_I Xerxes I]]), he did not have a primary wife by the name of Vashti. His primary queen was named Amestris. Although he ''did'' have a RoyalHarem full of other, "lesser" queens, there is no record of any [[CastingCouch "beauty contest"]] held to obtain them. He most likely obtained these wives and concubines in the same way that ''most'' kings of that time and place obtained their wives and concubines: through AltarDiplomacy. Nor did Amestris ever get divorced by him, or deposed from her position as queen.
6th Feb '16 2:14:19 PM MsChibi
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* NatureAdoresAVirgin: The girls selected for the harem are mentioned as being virgins (though some translate it simply as "teenage girls," whether they were ''actually'' virgins or not.) Esther, in particular, is lauded for her chastity, which is described as being part of her beauty or appeal.

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* NatureAdoresAVirgin: The girls selected for the harem are mentioned as being virgins (though some translate it simply as "teenage girls," whether they were ''actually'' virgins or not.) Esther, in particular, is lauded for her chastity, which is described as being part of her beauty or appeal. [[note]] Why that [[NotLikeOtherGirls sets her apart]] if all the other girls are (or are at least expected and assumed to be) virgins is a matter of FridgeLogic, or is perhaps something that got LostInTranslation. [[/note]]
5th Feb '16 2:40:24 PM MsChibi
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* NatureAdoresAVirgin: The girls selected for the harem are mentioned as being virgins (though some translate it simply as "teenage girls," whether they were ''actually'' virgins or not.) Esther, in particular, is lauded for her chastity, which is described as being part of her beauty or appeal.
26th Jan '16 2:39:22 PM Jeduthun
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* HumiliationConga: Boy, does Haman ever get his comeuppance. First he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with a plan that Haman came up with thinking he was going to be the honoree. Then his fancy dinner with the king and queen turns out to be a set-up to expose him as the villain. When he tries to plead with the queen for his life, the king [[NotWhatItLooksLike thinks he's trying to assault her]] and sentences him to death right then and there. He winds up literally HoistByHisOwnPetard on the gallows he built himself for Mordecai. You almost feel sorry for the guy. Almost.

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* HumiliationConga: Boy, does Haman ever get his comeuppance. First he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with a plan an elaborate parade that Haman came up with thinking he was going to be the honoree. Then his fancy dinner with the king and queen turns out to be a set-up to expose him as the villain. When he tries to plead with the queen for his life, the king [[NotWhatItLooksLike thinks he's trying to assault her]] and sentences him to death right then and there. He winds up literally HoistByHisOwnPetard on the gallows he built himself for Mordecai. You almost feel sorry for the guy. Almost.
6th Jan '16 3:55:16 AM LordGro
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** The essential oils the girls are treated with are often thought to be spa treatments and perfumes, to make them even more beautiful to prepare for their audience with the king. While those oils ''were'' (and still are) used for those purposes, they may have had [[http://www.salon.com/2014/01/05/biblical_birth_control_the_surprisingly_contraception_friendly_old_testament/ an entirely different use]], as contraceptives.
5th Jan '16 6:09:23 PM MsChibi
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** The essential oils the girls are treated with are often thought to be spa treatments and perfumes, to make them even more beautiful to prepare for their audience with the king. While those oils ''were'' (and still are) used for those purposes, they may have had [[http://www.salon.com/2014/01/05/biblical_birth_control_the_surprisingly_contraception_friendly_old_testament/ an entirely different use]], as contraceptives.
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