History Literature / TheBlindAssassin

25th May '15 9:53:46 AM EmeraldAshes
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* CloudCuckoolander: Laura often baffles those around her.
** As Winifred remarks, "You have to admit, she's a little odd."



* Ephebophile: [[spoiler: Richard, who rapes his teenage sister-in-law. Iris married him at eighteen and later realizes that she was nearly too old for him, at the time.]]
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Aimee suspects this had happened, [[spoiler: insisting that Laura was her real mother, and Iris had cruelly insisted on adopting the baby, rather than risk scandal. Aimee is wrong, however.]]



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Averted. Iris appears to be the practical sister and Laura the beautiful, strange one. There's friction between both of them, but:
-->I didn't like it when other people criticized Laura--her vagueness, her simplicity, her fecklessness. [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Criticism of Laura was reserved for me.]]

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Averted. May-DecemberRomance: Iris appears to be the practical sister and Laura the beautiful, strange one. There's friction between both of them, but:
-->I didn't like it
marries mid-thirties Richard when other people criticized Laura--her vagueness, her simplicity, her fecklessness. [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Criticism of Laura was reserved for me.she's only eighteen. Despite Iris's suspicions, ultimately averted by [[spoiler: Alex Thomas, who did not pursue a teenage Laura.]]




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* RebelliousPrincess: Laura has shades of this. She would rather scrape by than live under Richard's thumb.
** Decades later, Sabrina rebels against her rich guardian, Winifred, eventually leaving to travel the world.
*[[spoiler: Scarpia Ultimatum: Richard threatens to get Alex Thomas arrested if Laura doesn't have sex with him. It's possible that his threat was an empty one, but it worked.]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Averted. Iris appears to be the practical sister and Laura the beautiful, strange one. There's friction between both of them, but:
-->I didn't like it when other people criticized Laura--her vagueness, her simplicity, her fecklessness. [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Criticism of Laura was reserved for me.]]
* TheJailBaitWait: [[spoiler: Richard didn't wait. Not for Laura, at least.]]



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* BlindWeaponmaster: The blind assassin.
* CuteMute: In the nested story, "The Blind Assassin," the city of Sakiel-Norn's sacrificial girls have their tongues cut out the night before their deaths. The titular character is supposed to kill one of these mute girls, but falls in love with her instead.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The Lizard Men of Xenor want to kidnap Earth women.


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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The beautiful carpets of Sakiel-Norn, which have made the upper class very rich, are woven by children. This work inevitably blinds them.
3rd Sep '14 6:53:20 PM Leradny
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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The characters in The Blind Assassin has been read as a metaphor for the characters in the framing story. Which one corresponds to whom is unclear, though the blind assassin is generally assumed to be [[spoiler:Iris. Both of them were essentially sold into sexual slavery at a young age and fall in genuine love later. Laura colors Iris blue and mentions she is 'sleeping'. Iris herself makes several references to vision, including her own name--'iris' being a part of the eye.]]
3rd Sep '14 6:50:26 PM Leradny
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!!!Tropes Applying to ''The Blind Assassin''

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!!!Tropes Applying to ''The Blind Assassin''Assassin'' Novella


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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The characters in The Blind Assassin has been read as a metaphor for the characters in the framing story. Which one corresponds to whom is unclear, though the blind assassin is generally assumed to be [[spoiler:Iris. Both of them were essentially sold into sexual slavery at a young age and fall in genuine love later. Laura colors Iris blue and mentions she is 'sleeping'. Iris herself makes several references to vision, including her own name--'iris' being a part of the eye.]]
2nd Sep '14 8:27:29 AM Leradny
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* TheOphelia: Laura is intensely spiritual and seen as a little bit crazy by the conservative, wealthy social circle. However, when Laura gets a job with normal people to prove she can survive in the real world, she does perfectly fine.
* NestedStory: The book's title refers to Laura's novel, published posthumously by Iris. ''The Blind Assassin'' tells the story of an unnamed woman's affair with a pulp sci-fi writer who would invent stories for her during their liaisons, making this a case of stories within a story within a story.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Iris takes refuge in this as she ages, having been a trophy wife constrained to politeness in her prime.

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* TheOphelia: TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Averted. Iris appears to be the practical sister and Laura is intensely spiritual and seen as a little bit crazy by the conservative, wealthy social circle. However, beautiful, strange one. There's friction between both of them, but:
-->I didn't like it
when Laura gets a job with normal other people to prove she can survive in the real world, she does perfectly fine.
criticized Laura--her vagueness, her simplicity, her fecklessness. [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Criticism of Laura was reserved for me.]]
* NestedStory: The book's title refers to Laura's novel, published posthumously by Iris. ''The Blind Assassin'' tells the story of an unnamed woman's affair with a pulp sci-fi writer who would invent tell stories for to her during their liaisons, in bed, making this a case of stories within a story within a story.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Iris takes refuge in this as she ages, having been a trophy wife constrained to politeness in her prime.
1st Sep '14 6:40:57 PM Leradny
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* ChivalrousPervert: Alex Thomas makes absolutely no sexual advances on Laura when they first meet, because she is too young for him (at the time) and too spiritually innocent.



* DownerEnding



* OpenSecret: Despite its characters not being named, ''The Blind Assassin'' causes a scandal as it is clearly autobiographical.



* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name the woman or the pulp fiction writer, preferring to use pronouns.


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!!!Tropes Applying to ''The Blind Assassin''
Also to its nested stories, "The Blind Assassin", and "Lizard Men of Xenor"

* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name the woman or the pulp fiction writer, preferring to use pronouns.
* OpenSecret: Despite its characters not being named, ''The Blind Assassin'' causes a scandal as it is clearly autobiographical.
* PulpMagazine: The pulp fiction writer would like to be a legitimate author, but finds himself forced to write trashy, derivative stories in pulp magazines for what scant money he can earn. [[spoiler:He also dies in the war before getting the chance to write anything of real value.]]
1st Sep '14 1:30:02 PM Leradny
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* ChivalrousPervert: Alex Thomas makes absolutely no sexual advances on Laura when they first meet, because she is too young for him (at the time) and too spiritually innocent.



* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name the woman and the pulp fiction writer, preferring to use pronouns.

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* TheOphelia: Laura is intensely spiritual and seen as a little bit crazy by the conservative, wealthy social circle. However, when Laura gets a job with normal people to prove she can survive in the real world, she does perfectly fine.
* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name the woman and or the pulp fiction writer, preferring to use pronouns.
30th Aug '14 5:44:15 PM Leradny
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* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name its main characters.

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* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name its main characters.the woman and the pulp fiction writer, preferring to use pronouns.
30th Aug '14 5:43:21 PM Leradny
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* ForegoneConclusion: one of the first scenes is a newspaper article about Laura's death. Much of the rest of the novel is taken up by how the characters got to that point.
* NestedStory: The book's title itself refers to Laura's novel, published posthumously by Iris. ''The Blind Assassin'' itself tells the story of her affair with a pulp sci-fi writer through her retelling of the stories he would invent for her during their liaisons, making this a case of stories within a story within a story!

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* ForegoneConclusion: one One of the first scenes is a newspaper article about Laura's death. Much of the The rest of the novel is taken up by how the characters got to that point.
* OpenSecret: Despite its characters not being named, ''The Blind Assassin'' causes a scandal as it is clearly autobiographical.
* NamelessNarrative: ''The Blind Assassin'' does not name its main characters.
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NestedStory: The book's title itself refers to Laura's novel, published posthumously by Iris. ''The Blind Assassin'' itself tells the story of her an unnamed woman's affair with a pulp sci-fi writer through her retelling of the stories he who would invent stories for her during their liaisons, making this a case of stories within a story within a story!story.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Iris takes refuge in this as she ages, having been a trophy wife constrained to politeness in her prime.
25th Mar '14 3:52:14 PM MisterBernie
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* ForegoneConclusion: one of the first scenes is a newspaper article about Laura's death. Much of the rest of the novel is taken up by how the characters got to that point.
25th Oct '13 1:12:09 AM GhostOfAGeek
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MargaretAtwood's 2000 novel is told from the point of view of Iris Chase Griffen, an octogenarian who chooses to record her life story after discovering that she's suffering from a potentially fatal heart disease. In particular, Iris details her relationship with her younger sister, Laura - who committed suicide in 1945, aged twenty-five, by driving a car off a bridge - and the publicity surrounding Laura's posthumously published novel, ''The Blind Assassin''.

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MargaretAtwood's Creator/MargaretAtwood's 2000 novel is told from the point of view of Iris Chase Griffen, an octogenarian who chooses to record her life story after discovering that she's suffering from a potentially fatal heart disease. In particular, Iris details her relationship with her younger sister, Laura - -- who committed suicide in 1945, aged twenty-five, by driving a car off a bridge - -- and the publicity surrounding Laura's posthumously published novel, ''The Blind Assassin''.



* NestedStory: The book's title itself refers to Laura's novel, published posthumously by Iris. ''The Blind Assassin'' itself tells the story of her affair with a pulp sci-fi writer through her retelling of the stories he would invent for her during their liaisons, making this a case of stories within a story within a story!

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* NestedStory: The book's title itself refers to Laura's novel, published posthumously by Iris. ''The Blind Assassin'' itself tells the story of her affair with a pulp sci-fi writer through her retelling of the stories he would invent for her during their liaisons, making this a case of stories within a story within a story!story!
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