History Literature / Gormenghast

4th Jun '16 7:04:28 AM JulianLapostat
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* EverythingMakesAMushroom: When Muzzlehatch messes up the chemicals at the factory to explode, it does so in a huge cloud that stains the sky orange, clearly referring to nuclear weapons.
3rd Jun '16 10:02:37 AM Doug86
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** The palace guards wear WorldWarI-era German pickelhauben, with Soviet-style telogreikas dyed in German feldgrau.

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** The palace guards wear WorldWarI-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-era German pickelhauben, with Soviet-style telogreikas dyed in German feldgrau.
3rd Jun '16 2:30:50 AM JulianLapostat
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* SecondaryCharacterTitle: In the first book, Titus Groan is the title character but he's an infant, and the main characters are Steerpike and Mr. Flay.


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* TwoPartTrilogy: As noted by Michael Moorcock, Peake saw the series as a Saga more than a single long story. ''Titus Groan'' and ''Gormenghast'' is largely a single extended story with a complete beginning-middle-and-end, a common cast of regulars and single setting. ''Titus Alone'' was intended by Peake to start a new story in the saga and is essentially a separate tale, while ''Boy in Darkness'' is similar in style and scope but not really fitting into the series canonically.
1st Jun '16 11:40:57 PM JulianLapostat
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* FeralChild: "The Thing" [[spoiler:the child of Keda, Titus' wet-nurse and foster sister, is abandoned in the wild on account of her illegitimacy. Titus is fascinated with her because she represents the freedom and adventure and being closer to nature. It's averted when they finally meet since the girl cannot speak, cannot understand human speech and behaves like an animal and ultimately gets struck by lightning]].



* InterestingSituationDuel [[spoiler:Flay and Swelter have it out in the flooded, cobweb covered attic.]]

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* InterestingSituationDuel InterestingSituationDuel: [[spoiler:Flay and Swelter have it out in the flooded, cobweb covered attic.]]
1st Jun '16 11:36:38 PM JulianLapostat
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* BigGood: Countess Gertrude in the second book. [[spoiler:She protects the people of Gormenghast, oversees disaster relief and personally commands the hunt to capture the unmasked murderer Steerpike]].


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* OceanPunk: [[spoiler:The sequence in the second book where the entire land floods and the Bright Carvers and Mud Dwellers take refuge inside Castle Gormenghast, sees the flood rising so high, that the many towers and spires of the castle become islands and in order to move from one part to the other, they need to create boats. Since the trees from which they need the wood to build the boats is buried in the flood, they use the wood from the castle interiors, wooden beams and supports and since the Bright Carvers are obsessed with making things beautiful, they are decorated by sculptures from the castle]].


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* ProperLady: Countess Gertrude, the mother of Titus and Fuchsia, and de-facto head of the house becomes this in the second book, cold, aloof and committed to duty. [[spoiler:She also opens the castle to provide refuge to the Mud Dwellers and Bright Carvers and administrates the entire disaster relief efforts]].
12th May '16 12:30:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* LoonyLaws: Gormenghast has so many strange laws and rituals that by the time someone has become it's Earl they are probably quite insane themselves. So the laws and rituals become more insane. Gormenghast is the CrapsackWorld logical extreme of this trope.

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* LoonyLaws: Gormenghast has so many strange laws and rituals that by the time someone has become it's its Earl they are probably quite insane themselves. So the laws and rituals become more insane. Gormenghast is the CrapsackWorld logical extreme of this trope.
12th May '16 12:30:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* LoonyLaws: Gormenghast has so many strange laws and rituals that by the time someone has become it's Earl they are probably quite insane themselves. So the laws and rituals become more insane. Gormenghast is the CrapsackWorld logical extreme of this trope.
12th May '16 6:11:07 AM aziuka
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* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: AxCrazy [[EvilChef Swelter]] wields a huge meat cleaver, in contrast to Flay's [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]].
11th May '16 6:28:13 PM aziuka
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* NeverFoundTheBody: Due to being [[spoiler:eaten alive by owls, Sepulchrave]] is never actually presumed dead.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: An in-universe example. Due to being [[spoiler:eaten alive by owls, Sepulchrave]] is never actually presumed dead.
11th May '16 6:11:55 PM aziuka
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* NeverFoundTheBody: Due to being [[spoiler:eaten alive by owls, Sepulchrave]] is never actually presumed dead.
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