History Literature / TheCaineMutiny

27th Jul '17 12:43:14 PM nightkiller
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** Greenwald, like Wouk, is Jewish reserve officer in a Navy run by Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

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** Greenwald, like Wouk, is Jewish reserve officer officer--an outsider in a Navy run by Anglo-Saxon Protestant.Protestant Regular Navy men.
27th Jul '17 12:42:24 PM nightkiller
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** Greenwald, like Wouk, is Jewish reserve officer in a Navy run by WASPs.

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** Greenwald, like Wouk, is Jewish reserve officer in a Navy run by WASPs.Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
27th Jul '17 12:41:42 PM nightkiller
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** Greenwald, like Wouk, is Jewish reserve officer in a Navy run by WASPs.
13th Jul '17 11:04:09 AM YT45
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* HiddenDisdainReveal: In the movie, Defense attorney Lt. Greenwald gets the mutineers an acquittal, then delivers an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in which he wishes he could have prosecuted them, calling them out as mutineers who betrayed their captain. (In the book, his disdain is focused on Keefer only).

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* HiddenDisdainReveal: In the movie, Defense attorney Lt. Greenwald gets the mutineers an acquittal, then delivers an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in which he wishes he could have prosecuted them, them (keep in mind that mutiny is a capital offense; he's quite literally saying he believes they deserve to be shot), calling them out as mutineers who betrayed their captain. (In the book, his disdain is focused on Keefer only).
9th Jul '17 9:10:23 AM YT45
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* NeverMyFault: Queeg doesn't accept responsibility for any of his mistakes, always blaming the crew instead.

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* NeverMyFault: Queeg doesn't accept responsibility for any of his mistakes, always blaming the crew instead. Keefer as well, as he pushes and manipulates the other officers into mutiny, the denies any involvement when it's time to face the music.
9th Jul '17 8:41:41 AM YT45
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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Ship]] / WhatAPieceOfJunk: The ''Caine'' is a rusty, obsolete tub left over from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. She's constantly being repaired, and the crew fights a neverending battle against the spreading rust. But not even a direct hit from a kamikaze can sink her.

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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Ship]] / WhatAPieceOfJunk: The ''Caine'' is a rusty, obsolete ''Wickes''-class tub left over from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. She's constantly being repaired, and the crew fights a neverending battle against the spreading rust. But not even a direct hit from a kamikaze can sink her.



* ArtisticLicenseShips: Averted in the adaptations, which replaced the novel's four-piper destroyer-minesweeper conversion with a Gleaves-class conversion.

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* AntiVillain: As Greenwald points out during his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the mutineers, Queeg (who previously served as a junior officer on a destroyer in the Atlantic, and had survived his ship being sunk by a U-boat) was not intentionally a tyrant, but rather a ShellShockedVeteran who was placed in a position he was unsuited for because the Navy didn't recognize that he needed help. Greenwald even points out that the only reason America and its allies are winning the war in 1945 is because guys like Queeg held the line in 1941-42.
* ArtisticLicenseShips: Averted in the adaptations, which replaced the novel's ''Wickes''-class four-piper destroyer-minesweeper conversion (all of the real ''Wickes''- and visually-identical ''Clemson'' and ''Caldwell''-class destroyers were scrapped immediately after the war, with the only exceptions being two hulks so stripped and rusted that they're unrecognizable that remain even today in San Francisco Bay) with a Gleaves-class ''Gleaves''-class conversion.



** It's Queeg's cowardice in battle that ultimately turns the men of the ''Caine'' against him. In the novel, at least, it's implied that it's more due to having [[ShellShockedVeteran been on active duty for too damn long]] than being a coward, since by all accounts he served with distinction in the Atlantic escorting convoys.

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** It's Queeg's cowardice in battle that ultimately turns the men of the ''Caine'' against him. In the novel, novel and movie, at least, it's heavily implied that it's more due to having [[ShellShockedVeteran been on active duty for too damn long]] long and had too many traumatic experiences (including the deaths of many friends on a previous ship sunk by a German U-boat)]] than being a coward, since by all accounts he served with distinction in the Atlantic escorting convoys.convoys (where he notably ''wasn't'' in command.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: The ultimate reason for Queeg's behavior. He doesn't ''want'' to be the bad guy, but the psychological trauma he's experienced prior to taking command of USS ''Caine'' has left him quite unstable. Humphrey Bogart's performance really sells it, as he switches from a calm, almost-apologetic demeanor in his PetTheDog moments to [[MoodWhiplash screaming at somebody over some trivial (or imaginary) offense a minute later]], and [[CharacterTic fidgeting with the ball bearings in his pocket]] as he tries to calm himself.
23rd Jun '17 10:04:14 AM marcoasalazarm
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* LostFoodGrievance: The "strawberry incident", which Queeg believes is SeriousBusiness, is used to prove his incompetence.

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* LostFoodGrievance: The A rare example both PlayedForDrama and deconstruction: the "strawberry incident", which Queeg believes is SeriousBusiness, is used to prove his incompetence.
23rd Jun '17 9:52:23 AM Camassia
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*NakedFirstImpression: Captain De Vriess is completely naked and on his way to the shower when Keith first meets him. De Vriess thinks nothing of it, though it unsettles Keith.



* NoodleIncident: The court martial of Bellison and Crowe. All we know is that it involved a riot in Auckland, and that De Vreiss rigged it to get them acquitted.

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* NoodleIncident: The court martial of Bellison and Crowe. All we know is that it involved a riot in Auckland, and that De Vreiss Vriess rigged it to get them acquitted.
13th Jun '17 9:33:07 PM nombretomado
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The story follows the ''Caine's'' tour of duty through the Pacific Theatre of WorldWarII. During its voyage, Queeg gradually loses the respect of his crew through various instances of incompetence, bullying, paranoia, and perceived cowardice. After he becomes so obsessed with a missing quart of strawberries that he begins to ignore his other duties, some of his officers begin to suspect that he is insane.

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The story follows the ''Caine's'' tour of duty through the Pacific Theatre of WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. During its voyage, Queeg gradually loses the respect of his crew through various instances of incompetence, bullying, paranoia, and perceived cowardice. After he becomes so obsessed with a missing quart of strawberries that he begins to ignore his other duties, some of his officers begin to suspect that he is insane.



* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Ship]] / WhatAPieceOfJunk: The ''Caine'' is a rusty, obsolete tub left over from WorldWarOne. She's constantly being repaired, and the crew fights a neverending battle against the spreading rust. But not even a direct hit from a kamikaze can sink her.

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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Ship]] / WhatAPieceOfJunk: The ''Caine'' is a rusty, obsolete tub left over from WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. She's constantly being repaired, and the crew fights a neverending battle against the spreading rust. But not even a direct hit from a kamikaze can sink her.



* WorldWarII: The setting of the story. The ''Caine'' takes part in the invasion of Kwajalein, and survives a kamikaze attack near Okinawa.
10th May '17 9:51:16 AM hello86
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** Moments later, after the briefing, Maryk states that Queeg certainly is taking it "by the book", to which Keefer sardonically replies: "So did [[Film/TheBounty Captain Bligh]]".

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** Moments later, after the briefing, Maryk states that Queeg certainly is taking it "by the book", to which Keefer sardonically replies: "So did [[Film/TheBounty [[Film/MutinyOnTheBounty Captain Bligh]]".
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