History Literature / MotherNight

5th Jun '16 8:28:17 AM Doug86
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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his German wife shortly after WorldWarOne. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his wife. However, he's also DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]

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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his German wife shortly after WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his wife. However, he's also DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]
14th Dec '15 1:30:24 PM FF32
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* AuthorOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.


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* WriterOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.
23rd Nov '15 11:32:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: When Campbell is soon to be sentenced to death, he receives a letter from Wirtanen; in it, he goes against orders and vindicates Campbell of all blame. Campbell, however, decides freedom would be a less happy ending for a man who doesn't have a reason to live, and chooses execution anyway.]]

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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: When BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:When Campbell is soon to be sentenced to death, he receives a letter from Wirtanen; in it, he goes against orders and vindicates Campbell of all blame. Campbell, however, decides freedom would be a less happy ending for a man who doesn't have a reason to live, and chooses execution anyway.]]



* [[spoiler:FalseFriend: Heinz, Campbell's best friend, was a member of the Jewish underground who hates him enough to testify against him. Also, Kraft and Resi are Communists (but the latter falls for Campbell instead).]]

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* [[spoiler:FalseFriend: Heinz, FalseFriend: [[spoiler:Heinz, Campbell's best friend, was a member of the Jewish underground who hates him enough to testify against him. Also, Kraft and Resi are Communists (but the latter falls for Campbell instead).]]



* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: What Campbell wanted when he turned himself over to the Israelis.]]
* [[spoiler:SuicideIsPainless: Despite a heartwarming letter from Wirtanen proving his innocence, Campbell accepts he still has nothing left to do with his life, and decides to hang for his crimes anyway.]]

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* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: What SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:What Campbell wanted when he turned himself over to the Israelis.]]
* [[spoiler:SuicideIsPainless: Despite SuicideIsPainless: [[spoiler:Despite a heartwarming letter from Wirtanen proving his innocence, Campbell accepts he still has nothing left to do with his life, and decides to hang for his crimes anyway.]]
23rd Nov '15 11:31:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* AuthorOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.

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* AuthorOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''BreakfastOfChampions,'' ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.
18th Jul '15 6:50:01 PM Hugbees96
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10th Jun '15 7:00:02 AM Morgenthaler
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->''[[BecomingTheMask "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."]]''

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->''[[BecomingTheMask "We ->''"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."]]''"''
31st Mar '14 12:24:29 PM Aquila89
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* Epigraph: A quote about patriotism from Creator/WalterScott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel":

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* Epigraph: {{Epigraph}}: A quote about patriotism from Creator/WalterScott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel":
31st Mar '14 12:24:14 PM Aquila89
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->Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,\\

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->Breathes -->Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,\\
31st Mar '14 12:23:59 PM Aquila89
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* Epigraph: A quote about patriotism from Creator/WalterScott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel":
->Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,\\
Who never to himself hath said,\\
“This is my own, my native land!”\\
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d\\
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d\\
From wandering on a foreign strand?
26th Mar '14 4:24:37 AM Vellup
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* ReverseMole: Campbell takes up this role during the war, secretly conveying messages for the American agents through his Nazi broadcasts. Whether or not he does so out of "goodness" however, is a different matter.
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