History Literature / ParadesEnd

11th May '18 9:08:06 AM theladyvanishes
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* HonorBeforeReason: Christopher tries to embody this sense of "the old ways," much to the frustration of almost all the other characters, who are moving on with society as TheEdwardianEra begins to fall apart; he only really stays with Sylvia and gives in to her manipulations because it's the proper thing to do. [[spoiler:He does eventually break free of this, however.]]



* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Christopher is the only one immune to Sylvia's powers, which both frustrates and attracts her.

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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Christopher is the only one more or less immune to Sylvia's powers, which both frustrates and attracts her.
11th May '18 9:04:56 AM theladyvanishes
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The miniseries softens Sylvia up considerably in an effort to make her more well-rounded; for instance, in the books she mocked Christopher's obvious PTSD and memory loss, whereas the series makes it clear she does love Christopher ([[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou in a way]]) and is distressed at his condition, and comforts him. In the books she also enjoys keeping Christopher and Valentine apart because of her sadism, whereas in the series she's clearly suppressing emotion when she tells Valentine to "keep off the grass." Furthermore, the series has her contemplating divorcing (and thus freeing) Christopher, whereas in the books she takes pleasure in making sure he and Valentine stay ruined.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Averted with Christopher in regards to Sylvia [[spoiler:and Valentine]]; his son with Sylvia trapped him in a largely loveless marriage [[spoiler:while his child with Valentine is a constant source of worry for the latter, who knows how poor they are.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''!
* TheEdwardianEra

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''!
''how''! Christopher and Valentine spend three whole books struggling to share the smallest bit of affection. [[spoiler:Subverted in the books, where they eventually end up together, but things don't necessarily get easier. Played straight in the series, however.]]
* TheEdwardianEraTheEdwardianEra: The series is a study of how its traditions and demands affect the characters involved, until it starts to crumble following World War I.



* HeelFaceTurn: Though it takes until the end of the series in both the miniseries and the book, Sylvia does eventually have a change of heart and stops tormenting Christopher and Valentine.
* HelloNurse: Deconstructed. Sylvia gains the attention of nearly every man in the room when she enters it, causing their wives and girlfriends to become jealous and move closer to "reclaim" them. While she indeed [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey uses such power to her advantage when she wishes]], the mistrustful response annoys her as she has no real interest in them.



* KarmaHoudini: In the miniseries, not so much the book: [[spoiler: Although Sylvia doesn't end up with Christopher as she originally wanted, she doesn't wind up any worse off at the end, despite her bad behavior - the miniseries leaves it hanging whether Campion will accept her marriage proposal, although in the script he does deny her.]]

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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Christopher is the only one immune to Sylvia's powers, which both frustrates and attracts her.
* KarmaHoudini: In the miniseries, not so much the book: [[spoiler: Although Sylvia doesn't end up with Christopher as she originally wanted, she doesn't wind up any worse off at the end, despite her bad behavior - the miniseries leaves it hanging whether Campion will accept her marriage proposal, although in the script he does deny her.her, which doesn't discourage her from the idea whatsoever.]]



* LoveAtFirstSight: Valentine and Christopher both declare that they fell in love "from the first moment."

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* LoveAtFirstSight: In the series, Valentine and Christopher both declare that they fell in love "from the first moment."" Actually averted in the books, where Valentine isn't really attracted to Christopher when they first meet, but genuinely falls in love with him over time.



** Inverted with Christopher in the last volume, going from a life of upper-crust privilege to a modest life with Valentine, where she's mending her own underwear.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Whereas ''A Man Could Stand Up --'' ends with optimism for Christopher and Valentine's EarnYourHappyEnding and elopement, ''The Last Post'', the final entry in the series, sees the consequences of the decision: while the two truly love each other unconditionally, Christopher's reputation has indeed been blown to smithereens thanks to Sylvia as well as his decision to leave his wife for another woman, forcing them on a modest salary from a small furniture business with a business partner that may be swindling them; Valentine is pregnant and not only acutely aware of their precarious financial position but also worrying that Christopher, who she is practically a carer for at this point, will leave her; and Christopher is still obviously suffering from memory loss and PTSD, and his forgetfulness has fiscal consequences on the family. Furthermore Mark's lifestyle is catching up to him and he's dying, and England at large is suffering from the aftereffects of the war and the old institutions are slowly crumbling.]]



* ShotgunWedding

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* ShotgunWeddingShotgunWedding: Between Christopher and Sylvia, after she falls pregnant with a baby that might not even be his.


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Sylvia pretends to be dying of cancer in yet another bid to manipulate Christopher in staying by her side. Valentine doesn't buy it.
20th Sep '17 11:49:15 AM fruitstripegum
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* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[Creator/RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''Radio/CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.
14th Sep '17 3:37:57 AM jormis29
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It was adapted by Creator/TomStoppard as a Creator/{{BBC}}2 miniseries starring Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as Tietjens, Rebecca Hall as his wife Sylvia, and Adelaide Clemens as Valentine.

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It was adapted by Creator/TomStoppard as a Creator/{{BBC}}2 miniseries starring Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as Tietjens, Rebecca Hall Creator/RebeccaHall as his wife Sylvia, and Adelaide Clemens Creator/AdelaideClemens as Valentine.
7th Apr '17 10:24:05 PM Racso
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* SexIsEvil: Deconstructed. Valentine isn't even aware that sex can be used for anything other than baby-making at first and is horrified and disgusted at first, especially when she begins to fantasize. She later comes to terms with her own sexual desires and even allows her students to read a supposedly scandalous book about married sex to help them develop healthy marriages.

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* SexIsEvil: Deconstructed. Valentine isn't even aware that sex can be used for anything other than baby-making at first and is horrified and disgusted at first, deriving joy from it, especially when she begins to fantasize.have her own fantasies. She later comes to terms with her own sexual desires and even allows her students to read a supposedly scandalous book about married sex to help them develop healthy marriages.


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: While Christopher still treats Vinnie with politeness, [[spoiler: its implied that Vinnie using Christopher for his job (and getting a knighthood for it) has ended their friendship]].
7th Apr '17 10:10:22 PM Racso
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* SexIsEvil: Deconstructed. Valentine isn't even aware

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* SexIsEvil: Deconstructed. Valentine isn't even awareaware that sex can be used for anything other than baby-making at first and is horrified and disgusted at first, especially when she begins to fantasize. She later comes to terms with her own sexual desires and even allows her students to read a supposedly scandalous book about married sex to help them develop healthy marriages.


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* SkewedPriorities: General Campion walks right past the men Christopher has just dragged from the trenches and demands to know why Christopher is so dirty. In the middle of a war, after Christopher survived German shells.
4th Apr '17 8:42:53 PM Racso
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* HeroWithBadPublicity: Almost all of high society London thinks Christopher is a pimp, of all things.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: Nearly ''everyone'' except Christopher demonstrates themselves to be one.
** Sylvia gets enraged at the potential of Christopher cheating, after her own frequent affairs.
** Edith Duchemin insinuates that Valentine had an abortion, rolls her eyes at her offended denial, and then has the audacity to toss her out of the carriage when Valentine points out Duchemins own adultery. A true friend.


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* SexIsEvil: Deconstructed. Valentine isn't even aware
1st Jan '17 7:16:32 AM Hjortron18
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* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[Creator/RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''Radio/CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.

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* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[BenedictCumberbatch [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[Creator/RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''Radio/CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.
7th Dec '16 2:24:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[Creator/RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.

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* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[Creator/RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''CabinPressure'', ''Radio/CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.
7th Jun '16 5:38:39 AM GothicProphet
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* AdaptationDistillation: The MiniSeries misses out the last book (Set following the war).

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* AdaptationDistillation: The MiniSeries misses out the last book (Set (set following the war).



* FieryRedhead: Sylvia

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* FieryRedhead: SylviaSylvia.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Christopher and Valentine

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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Christopher and ValentineValentine.



* RageBreakingPoint: Christopher puts up with Sylvia's cheating and verbal abuse for years until [[spoiler: she has the Groby tree cut down, via Mrs. de Bray Pape in the book]]

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* RageBreakingPoint: Christopher puts up with Sylvia's cheating and verbal abuse for years until [[spoiler: she has the Groby tree cut down, via Mrs. de Bray Pape in the book]]book]].



* ShellShockedVeteran: Christopher suffers memory lapses after a head injury in the war

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Christopher suffers memory lapses after a head injury in the warwar.



* SpiritedYoungLady: Valentine

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* SpiritedYoungLady: ValentineValentine.



* The Hero: Christopher,unlike other war novels, the story focuses more Christopher's moral and psychological growth not really on the war even through he's part of it.
* Tragic Hero: Christopher [[spoiler: mercifully averted in the end.]]

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* The Hero: Christopher,unlike TheHero: Christopher, unlike other war novels, the story focuses more Christopher's moral and psychological growth not really on the war even through he's part of it.
* Tragic Hero: Christopher TragicHero: Christopher. [[spoiler: mercifully Mercifully averted in the end.]]
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