History Literature / BookOfEsther

23rd Feb '17 11:40:41 PM Bassball_Batman
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* TheUnseen: God is never mentioned, but the story serves as a great example of Him placing the right people in places where they'll eventually be needed.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: A literal case, at least implied. The previous queen, Vashti, is asked to parade before Xerxes' drunken party guests wearing her royal crown-- the insinuation being, ''[[MsFanservice only]]'' her crown. Her refusal sets the story in motion.

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* TheUnseen: God is never once mentioned, but the story serves as a great example of Him placing the right people in places where they'll eventually be needed.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: A literal case, at least implied. The previous queen, Vashti, is asked to parade before Xerxes' drunken party guests wearing her royal crown-- the insinuation being, ''[[MsFanservice only]]'' her crown. Her refusal sets the story in motion.
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* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: A literal case, at least implied. The previous queen, Vashti, is asked to parade before Xerxes' drunken party guests wearing her royal crown-- the insinuation being, ''[[MsFanservice only]]'' her crown. Her refusal sets the story in motion.
23rd Feb '17 11:37:04 PM Bassball_Batman
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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Xerxes calls in Haman to discuss how he should reward a man who has done a great service to the king. Haman thinks he's talking about himself, only to find to his horror that the king is actually talking about his hated rival Mordecai.
* OriginalPositionFallacy: Haman being asked to think up a reward and assuming it's for him is a textbook example.

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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Xerxes calls in Haman to discuss how he should reward a man who has done a great service to the king. Haman thinks he's talking about himself, assumes ''he's'' the one implied, only to find to his horror that the king is actually talking about his meant Haman's hated rival Mordecai.
* OriginalPositionFallacy: Haman being asked to think up a reward and assuming it's for him ''himself'' is a textbook example.



* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: A literal case, at least implied. The previous queen, Vashti, is asked to parade before Xerxes' drunken party guests wearing her royal crown-- the insinuation being, ''only'' her crown. Her refusal sets the story in motion.

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* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: A literal case, at least implied. The previous queen, Vashti, is asked to parade before Xerxes' drunken party guests wearing her royal crown-- the insinuation being, ''only'' ''[[MsFanservice only]]'' her crown. Her refusal sets the story in motion.
23rd Feb '17 11:20:58 PM Bassball_Batman
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* HumiliationConga: Boy does Haman ever get his comeuppance! First is a Hitler-to-Jesse-Owens mission -- he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with an elaborate parade that Haman came up with when thinking he'd 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 or rape her]] and sentences him to death right then and there. He winds up literally HoistByHisOwnPetard on the gallows he built himself for Mordecai. Haman's luck is really [[DownwardSpiral spiraling]] [[FromBadToWorse downhill]]. You'll almost feel sorry for the guy. '''Almost'''.

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* HumiliationConga: Boy does Haman ever get his comeuppance! First is a Hitler-to-Jesse-Owens mission -- he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with an elaborate parade that Haman came up with when thinking he'd 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 or rape her]] and sentences him to death right then and there. He winds up literally HoistByHisOwnPetard on the gallows he built himself for Mordecai. Every detail of Haman's luck is really [[DownwardSpiral spiraling]] [[FromBadToWorse spiraling downhill]]. You'll You almost feel sorry for the guy. '''Almost'''.
23rd Feb '17 11:18:58 PM Bassball_Batman
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* HumiliationConga: Boy does Haman ever get his comeuppance! First is a Hitler-to-Jesse-Owens mission -- he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with an elaborate parade that Haman came up with when thinking he'd 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 or rape 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'''.
* 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 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.

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* HumiliationConga: Boy does Haman ever get his comeuppance! First is a Hitler-to-Jesse-Owens mission -- he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with an elaborate parade that Haman came up with when thinking he'd 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 or rape her]] and sentences him to death right then and there. He winds up literally HoistByHisOwnPetard on the gallows he built himself for Mordecai. You Haman's luck is really [[DownwardSpiral spiraling]] [[FromBadToWorse downhill]]. You'll almost feel sorry for the guy. '''Almost'''.
* 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 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.



* JustSoStory: There is no evidence Persia ever had a Jewish queen and its possible ''Esther'' was invented to explain the festival of Purim which already existed. Xerxes was an actual Persian King though, the same one who is in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' as a matter of fact.

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* JustSoStory: There is no evidence Persia ever had a Jewish queen queen, and its possible ''Esther'' was invented to explain the festival of Purim which already existed. No doubt, though, Xerxes was an actual Persian King though, King, the same one who is in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' as a matter of fact.



* 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.
* 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]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Haman goes to ask the king for a death warrant for Mordecai, but gets sidetracked when Xerxes asks him what a good reward would be for a man who has done great service to the king. Haman, assuming that he's the honoree, proposes an elaborate public ceremony. Turns out the king was asking about Mordecai, and Haman is ordered to carry out his own plan to honor his rival. HumiliationConga ensues.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Haman throws himself at Queen Esther to beg for his life. The king comes in at the wrong moment and assumes that Haman is trying to rape her. This does not end well for Haman.

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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 and, in their turn turn, take the property of those who tried to kill them.
* NatureAdoresAVirgin: The girls selected for the harem are mentioned as being virgins (though some translate it simply as "teenage girls," girls" whether they were ''actually'' virgins or not.) 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 (if "virgins" is the correct translation) is a matter of FridgeLogic, FridgeLogic; or is else it's perhaps something that got LostInTranslation. [[/note]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Haman goes to ask the king for a death warrant for Mordecai, but gets sidetracked when Xerxes asks him what a good reward would be for a man who has done great service to the king. Haman, assuming that he's the honoree, proposes an elaborate public ceremony. Turns out the king was asking about Mordecai, and Haman is ordered to carry out his own plan to honor his hated rival. HumiliationConga ensues.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Haman throws himself at Queen Esther to beg for his life. life, ''another'' thing that backfires -- The king comes in at the wrong moment and assumes that Haman is trying to rape assault/rape her. This does not end well for Haman.
23rd Feb '17 10:44:11 PM Bassball_Batman
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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.
* AudienceParticipation: When the book is read out loud during Purim, audiences are [[CheapHeat 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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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Although it's very clear 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]]), history never says he did not have had a primary wife by the name of Vashti. His primary queen was named Amestris. Although it's clear he ''did'' have had a RoyalHarem full of other, "lesser" queens, there is no record of any [[CastingCouch "beauty contest"]] "[[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.
* AudienceParticipation: When the book is read out loud aloud during Purim, audiences are [[CheapHeat 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.



* BeautyContest: Xerxes has a very elaborate one to choose the new queen. No surprises, the winner is Esther.
* {{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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* BeautyContest: Xerxes has a very elaborate one to choose the new queen. No surprises, surprises: the winner is Esther.
* {{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]].'' 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.



** If anyone visits the king without him having called for them, they are to be killed unless the king decides he's glad to see them. Naturally, this puts a snag in Esther addressing the matter of the Jews with the king.

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** If anyone visits the king without him having called for them, they are it, the visitor is to be killed unless the king decides it's one he's glad to see them. see. Naturally, this puts a snag in Esther addressing to the king the matter of the Jews with the king.Jews.



* EvilChancellor: Haman is one of the [[UrExample earliest examples]], and one of the evilest.

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* EvilChancellor: Haman is one of the [[UrExample earliest examples]], examples]] and one of the evilest.



* 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. 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 to the king that she is she's Jewish herself and exposes Haman to the king, Haman's plot, the law authorizing pogrom cannot be annulled by even the king. However, there is nothing that prevents him from passing a new law [[LoopholeAbuse enabling the Jewish population to defend themselves themselves]] with state support.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Haman builds a gallows to hang Mordecai on. When his plot is discovered, Haman himself is hanged on it.
* HumiliationConga: Boy, does Haman ever get his comeuppance. First he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with 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.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Haman builds a gallows on which to hang Mordecai on. Mordecai. When his plot is discovered, Hangman Haman himself is hanged on it.
* HumiliationConga: Boy, Boy does Haman ever get his comeuppance. comeuppance! First is a Hitler-to-Jesse-Owens mission -- he has to publicly honor his hated rival Mordecai, with an elaborate parade that Haman came up with when thinking he was going to he'd 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 or rape 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.'''Almost'''.
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.
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