History Literature / Buddenbrooks

7th Mar '18 1:54:31 PM nombretomado
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* TeachersPet: Herr Mantelsack has several of them, and prefers them in a very {{egregious}} way. And changes them on a whim. Noone dares to protest however, because noone wants to miss on his chance.

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* TeachersPet: Herr Mantelsack has several of them, and prefers them in a very {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} way. And changes them on a whim. Noone dares to protest however, because noone wants to miss on his chance.
21st Feb '18 10:04:48 AM nombretomado
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* Gerda Buddenbrook née Arnoldsen, who becomes Thomas' wife. Daughter of a great Dutch merchant, who's also a great violinist. Very beautiful, very rich and musically talented. A big fan of Creator/RichardWagner. Not so much into business, and also influences her son in this way, to Thomas' chagrin. Has a relationship with the also musically talented lieutenant Rene von Trotha, with whom she can relate better than with her husband. (It's hard to describe calling him a lover wouldn't really explain it. Soul mate would be more accurate.) She leaves the city after her husband and son have died, as if "her work was done".

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* Gerda Buddenbrook née Arnoldsen, who becomes Thomas' wife. Daughter of a great Dutch merchant, who's also a great violinist. Very beautiful, very rich and musically talented. A big fan of Creator/RichardWagner.Music/RichardWagner. Not so much into business, and also influences her son in this way, to Thomas' chagrin. Has a relationship with the also musically talented lieutenant Rene von Trotha, with whom she can relate better than with her husband. (It's hard to describe calling him a lover wouldn't really explain it. Soul mate would be more accurate.) She leaves the city after her husband and son have died, as if "her work was done".
26th Nov '17 9:13:31 AM nombretomado
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* GratuitousFrench: This was common in the German higher classes at this time. Besides, there is also GratuitousEnglish, GratuitousSpanish, [[AltumVidetur Gratuitous Latin]] 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, [[AltumVidetur Gratuitous Latin]] and Gratuitous [[GermanDialects [[UsefulNotes/GermanDialects Platt]].
24th Sep '16 3:46:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* SternTeacher to SadistTeacher: Most of Hanno's, especially the very {{Prussia}}n director Wulicke, whom Hanno and Kai nickname "the good {{God}}" (he is much like the Old Testament God don't provoke his wrath). Many of these are also pretty eccentric.

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* SternTeacher to SadistTeacher: Most of Hanno's, especially the very {{Prussia}}n UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n director Wulicke, whom Hanno and Kai nickname "the good {{God}}" (he is much like the Old Testament God don't provoke his wrath). Many of these are also pretty eccentric.
2nd Sep '16 1:38:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* RefugeInAudacity: After bowing to some teachers of the lower classes (and no, even in ImperialGermany students didn't have to do that - hmm, case of StealthInsult?), Kai greets a pretty old and decrepit teacher: "Good morning, you corpse!" And then looks elsewhere as if nothing had happened.

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* RefugeInAudacity: After bowing to some teachers of the lower classes (and no, even in ImperialGermany UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany students didn't have to do that - hmm, case of StealthInsult?), Kai greets a pretty old and decrepit teacher: "Good morning, you corpse!" And then looks elsewhere as if nothing had happened.
30th Aug '16 7:35:00 AM kyeo
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* CainAndAbel: Thomas and Christian. Thomas is the strict businessman (although sometimes, it becomes too much for him), Christian a playboy and a neurotic. At one point, Thomas threatens Christian to put him under tutelage. Thomas also tells him, "I became what I am because I didn't want to become like you!"


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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Thomas and Christian. Thomas is the strict businessman (although sometimes, it becomes too much for him), Christian a playboy and a neurotic. At one point, Thomas threatens Christian to put him under tutelage. Thomas also tells him, "I became what I am because I didn't want to become like you!" Subverted in that both Thomas's sense of responsibility and Christian's foolishness lead them both to unhappiness and ruin.
9th Aug '16 12:54:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* GermanDialects: Mostly the northern ones, but also Bavarian (Permaneder) and West Prussian (Ida Jungmann, the nanny)
* GermanEducationSystem: The school chapter is said to be the best prosa text ever written about Wilhelmine schools.



* ImperialGermany: The later parts of the novel are set in this time.
23rd Oct '15 4:13:53 PM Morgenthaler
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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.)

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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...
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