History Literature / Buddenbrooks

23rd Oct '15 4:13:53 PM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. It's Genre Savvy, not just "savvy".
* InsultBackfire: Grünlich criticizes Tony for wasting money. She admits he's right, but acts like there's nothing she can do - "it runs in my mother's side of the family". Yes, she identifies so much with her family that she defends her flaws. (There's a serious background: Grünlich was practically broke when he asked for her hand; now her GenreSavvy father asked around for Grünlich's financial situation, but since his creditors also knew that Grünlich needed the dowry to pay his debts, they didn't want to tell the truth either.)
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* InsultBackfire: Grünlich criticizes Tony for wasting money. She admits he's right, but acts like there's nothing she can do - "it runs in my mother's side of the family". Yes, she identifies so much with her family that she defends her flaws. (There's a serious background: Grünlich was practically broke when he asked for her hand; now her GenreSavvy father asked around for Grünlich's financial situation, but since his creditors also knew that Grünlich needed the dowry to pay his debts, they didn't want to tell the truth either.)
4th Sep '15 7:37:07 PM nombretomado
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* Johann Buddenbrook sr. Didn't found the family business, but made it big (during the wars against NapoleonBonaparte, but [[BackStory that happens before the novel starts]]). An enlightened man who likes to play the flute. Father of Gotthold and Johann jr.
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* Johann Buddenbrook sr. Didn't found the family business, but made it big (during the wars against NapoleonBonaparte, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, but [[BackStory that happens before the novel starts]]). An enlightened man who likes to play the flute. Father of Gotthold and Johann jr.
15th Aug '14 12:56:10 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Originally, the editor wanted to cut the book to half its length. Mann resisted successfully.

* WriteWhatYouKnow * WriteWhoYouKnow: All the characters are based on Thomas Mann's family members. His uncle who supposedly was like Christian wasn't too happy about it. Also note the relationship between Thomas and Christian in the novel, and Thomas Mann's with his RealLife brother Heinrich...
9th Mar '14 2:42:13 PM Prfnoff
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''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. Published in 1901, Mann received the Nobel Prize in Literature for it in 1929. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). It's set during the years 1835 to 1877. A good example of a RomanAClef.
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''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]].Creator/ThomasMann. Published in 1901, Mann received the Nobel Prize in Literature for it in 1929. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). It's set during the years 1835 to 1877. A good example of a RomanAClef.
31st Oct '13 12:31:34 AM MaxSinister
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: When Thomas takes over the firm, the other businessmen state that he wants to make money "mit avec". "Mit" is German for "with", and "avec" is French.

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* HilarityEnsues: At Sesemi's christmas parties, there is always something going wrong.

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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Hanno and Gerda do so, although they are not exactly {{the chessmaster}}s.
14th Jun '13 6:54:12 PM JIKTV
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* GratuitousFrench: This was common in the German higher classes at this time. Besides, there is also GratuitousEnglish, GratuitousSpanish, GratuitousLatin and Gratuitous [[GermanDialects Platt]].
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* GratuitousFrench: This was common in the German higher classes at this time. Besides, there is also GratuitousEnglish, GratuitousSpanish, GratuitousLatin [[AltumVidetur Gratuitous Latin]] and Gratuitous [[GermanDialects Platt]].
2nd Mar '13 4:52:03 PM MaxSinister
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Originally, the editor wanted to cut the book to half its length. Mann resisted successfully.

* OneSteveLimit: Averted, see the character list.
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* OneSteveLimit: Averted, see there are three Buddenbrooks named Johann, not counting the character list.firm's founder Johan.
2nd Mar '13 4:50:02 PM MaxSinister
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''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). A good example of a RomanAClef.
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''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. Published in 1901, Mann received the Nobel Prize in Literature for it in 1929. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). It's set during the years 1835 to 1877. A good example of a RomanAClef.

''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant * AdultFear: Ruin, burnout, early death * AlphabeticalThemeNaming: The Kröger family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). A good example of a RomanAClef. has Justus and his sons Jakob and Jürgen.

''Buddenbrooks'' is ** In the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of school chapter, he angsts: "I am nothing and can do nothing." * AntiquatedLinguistics: Grünlich uses expressions that are old-fashioned even for his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). A good example of a RomanAClef. time (mind that he's relatively young, so he has no excuse). "Das putzt ganz ungemein!" Christian finds this funny and imitates Grünlich afterwards.

''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). A good example of a RomanAClef. * AuthorAvatar: [[TheDanza Thomas]] and Hanno.

''Buddenbrooks'' is the most famous novel by [[DichterAndDenker German author Thomas Mann]]. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on the experiences of his own family]] (not the only one of his works which did this), it tells about the downfall of a merchant family in the northern German city of Lübeck (the city's name is never stated, but clearly implied). A good example of a RomanAClef. * BigEater: Klothilde

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* DeathByChildbirthDeathByChildbirth: Gotthold's mother, which his father never forgives him. And Gerda comes close at Hanno's birth.

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* DeathByChildbirthDoubleEntendre: At the party at the beginning, a poet who's a friend of the family cites a historical one. It involves the Marshal de Saxe and Louis XV's mistress, the Pompadour, and the poem speaks of them as "the king's sword - and his sheath!"

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* DeathByChildbirthEmoKid: The story is older, but Hanno cries very easily. * EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Tony often points out Gerda's beauty.

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* DeathByChildbirthGermanEducationSystem: The school chapter is said to be the best prosa text ever written about Wilhelmine schools.

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* DeathByChildbirth** Herr von Maiboom who married Tony's former classmate Armgard von Schilling is an overly indebted patrician and [[spoiler:commits suicide at the end.]]

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* DeathByChildbirthPhraseCatcher: Whenever Weinschenk meets Gerda, he asks her "How's your violin?" for lack of a better topic. After the third time, she doesn't bother to answer.

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* DeathByChildbirthSelfInsertFic: Kai invents one. It involves Josephus, the parrot of Dr. Brecht, whom they imagine to be an enchanted prince.

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* DeathByChildbirthSweetTooth: James Möllendorpf, another patrician of the city, is a diabetic and still insists on eating cake. When his family stops him, he rents a shady apartment - for no other reason than to eat cake there. Which will kill him at the end.

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* DeathByChildbirthTheVonTropeFamily: Armgard von Schilling and her later husband, von Maiboom.
30th Nov '12 2:24:53 PM Specialist290
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* FromBadToWorse: Probably the main theme of the novel. When Johann sr dies and leaves a strong and successful business to his large family, everything starts to go downhill with nothing of either remaining two generations later.

* ItGotWorse: Probably the main theme of the novel. When Johann sr dies and leaves a strong and successful business to his large family, everything starts to go downhill with nothing of either remaining two generations later.
2nd Nov '12 11:21:10 AM MaxSinister
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* AmoralAttorney: Weinschenk hires one named Breslauer, who has a reputation for saving many bankrupted businessmen from prison. Thomas suspects that a more down-to-Earth lawyer, even if less competent, would be more promising in their little city where everyone knows everyone. He is right: Breslauer does an impressive argument, but Weinschenk has to go to prison.

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* DeathByChildbirth

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* LongList: Sometimes, when Tony's upset, she lists all the bad people who have hurt the family (especially her) in the past, and expresses hope that god will punish them.

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* ShoutOut: Hanno's class has to learn the poem "The Monkey" by Mary Howitt (1799-1888). They think it's pretty dumb, and the student who has to present it openly cheats.

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* StealingFromTheTill: Riekchen Severin who worked for Jean's widow (Thomas, Christian's and Tony's mother) takes some bedsheets and such after the widow has died, claiming that they were promised to her. Tony is shocked.
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