History Literature / PaleFire

19th Dec '16 12:29:58 PM JulianLapostat
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* BiographyAClef: Kinbote more or less insists on reading Shade's poem in this fashion, and insists that real-life precedents exist for the thinnest allusions in Shade's poem, and presents his wild speculation and theory as proof of this.
2nd Nov '16 4:09:24 PM DustSnitch
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* DepravedHomosexual: Kinbote is mildly promiscuous with certain of his students who are in the closet (he installed ''two'' ping-pong tables in the basement den of his rented house as a pretext/excuse for bringing younger men home), although he claims to have been heartbroken by one with whom he was seeking a less ephemeral relationship. His adoration of Shade also borders on HoYay.

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* DepravedHomosexual: Kinbote is mildly promiscuous with certain of his students who are in the closet (he installed ''two'' ping-pong tables in the basement den of his rented house as a pretext/excuse for bringing younger men home), although he claims to have been heartbroken by one with whom he was seeking a less ephemeral relationship. His adoration of Shade also borders on HoYay.HomoeroticSubtext.
11th Aug '16 8:20:30 AM 06tele
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** In-universe, Kinbote's tales about King Charles of Zembla are full of homoeroticism and distaste for women.
11th Aug '16 8:17:44 AM 06tele
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* AuthorAppeal: References to butterflies, like every one of Nabokov's books.

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* AuthorAppeal: References to butterflies, like every one of Nabokov's books.[[note]]Kinbote persistently misidentifies them or completely fails to recognise them, a clue to how much of an UnreliableNarrator he is.[[/note]]
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.]]
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