History Literature / PaleFire

5th Feb '16 5:50:03 PM 04tele
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* TheWoobie: Hazel Shade. [[spoiler: The saddest thing about the book is that Kinbote doesn't realise it, and thinks that he himself is this.]]
5th Feb '16 5:48:58 PM 04tele
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* TheWoobie: Hazel Shade. [[spoiler: The saddest thing about the book is that Kinbote doesn't realise it, and thinks that he himself is this.]]
5th Feb '16 5:45:05 PM 04tele
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In terms of his physical appearance, evocative name, and his generally sober, unflashy, classical diction, John Shade could be considered this with respect to Creator/RobertFrost.
27th Jan '16 8:26:07 PM JakesBrain
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Pale Fire" comes from Act IV, scene iii of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Timon of Athens,'' a fact Shade notes [[LampshadeHanging in his poem.]] Quite appropriate, in that it's deliberately stolen from a speech on the universality of theft.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Pale Fire" comes from Act IV, scene iii of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Timon of Athens,'' a fact Shade notes [[LampshadeHanging in his poem.]] Quite appropriate, Appropriate on multiple levels, in that it's deliberately stolen from a speech on the universality of theft.theft -- and Kinbote, too, seems to be trying to steal his own 'pale fire' by reflection from the brilliance of John Shade.
18th Oct '15 4:15:49 AM temmychan
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** Many critics of the novel go even further than this, arguing that neither Kinbote nor Shade truly 'exist' in the world of the novel, that neither of them are the true 'narrator' of the work, who shows himself only through very brief slips in how he writes the character of Kinbote near the end, who states that his 'notes and self' are slowly waning away-- in this reading, he truly is waning away as the novel draws to a close.
7th Jul '15 11:39:35 PM Micah
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* NamesTheSame: There is a character named Charles Xavier. No, it isn't [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} that one.]] [[MindScrew Probably.]]
7th Jul '15 11:38:12 PM Micah
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Shade is killed before he can write Line 1000 of his poem, but Kinbote helpfully tells us what it must have been. [[spoiler:It is also implied that Kinbote is spiraling down toward suicide; once his edition of Shade's poem is finished, he will clearly have nothing left to live for.]]

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: In-universe. Shade is killed before he can write Line 1000 of his poem, but Kinbote helpfully tells us what it must have been. [[spoiler:It is also implied that Kinbote is spiraling down toward suicide; once his edition of Shade's poem is finished, he will clearly have nothing left to live for.]]
24th May '15 4:18:58 PM nombretomado
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* FootnoteFever: Nabokov occasionally has it, but Kinbote has it ''worse''. The novel is not quite as loony as ''HouseOfLeaves'', but was clearly an inspiration for it.

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* FootnoteFever: Nabokov occasionally has it, but Kinbote has it ''worse''. The novel is not quite as loony as ''HouseOfLeaves'', ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', but was clearly an inspiration for it.
18th May '15 8:41:17 PM JakesBrain
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* YouNeedABreathMint: After giving a gratuitous demonstration of Zemblan wrestling holds, Kinbote finds a note in his jacket pocket (possibly left by Emerald) that says "You have h . . . . . . . s real bad, chum" -- i.e. halitosis. Failing to see the significance of the number of dots, Kinbote thinks he's being accused of having ''hallucinations'', which only adds to his resentment of his fellow lecturers; he also never addresses the problem of his bad breath because he never figures out what the note actually refers to. Justified in that Kinbote is strongly hinted to be an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]].

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* YouNeedABreathMint: After giving shanghai-ing Gerald Emerald into helping with a gratuitous demonstration of Zemblan wrestling holds, Kinbote finds a note in his jacket pocket (possibly (probably left by Emerald) that says "You have h . . . . . . . s real bad, chum" -- i.e. halitosis. Failing to see the significance of the number of dots, Kinbote thinks he's being accused of having ''hallucinations'', which only adds to his resentment of his fellow lecturers; he also never addresses the problem of his bad breath because he never figures out what the note actually refers to. Justified in that Kinbote is strongly hinted to be an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]].
7th May '15 7:14:35 PM JakesBrain
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* YouNeedABreathMint: After giving a gratuitous demonstration of Zemblan wrestling holds, Kinbote finds a note in his jacket pocket (possibly left by Emerald) that says "You have h . . . . . . . s real bad, chum" -- i.e. halitosis. Failing to see the significance of the number of dots, Kinbote thinks he's being accused of ''hallucinations'', which only adds to his resentment of his fellow lecturers; he also never addresses the problem of his bad breath because he never figures out what the note actually refers to. Justified in that Kinbote is strongly hinted to be an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]].

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* YouNeedABreathMint: After giving a gratuitous demonstration of Zemblan wrestling holds, Kinbote finds a note in his jacket pocket (possibly left by Emerald) that says "You have h . . . . . . . s real bad, chum" -- i.e. halitosis. Failing to see the significance of the number of dots, Kinbote thinks he's being accused of having ''hallucinations'', which only adds to his resentment of his fellow lecturers; he also never addresses the problem of his bad breath because he never figures out what the note actually refers to. Justified in that Kinbote is strongly hinted to be an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]].
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