History Literature / TheEarTheEyeAndTheArm

19th Apr '17 6:37:34 AM Theriocephalus
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ManChild: Trashman is an example of this. Kuda is the only one who can (supposedly) understand him.
** And the Mellower has elements of this, too.

to:

* ManChild: Trashman is an example of this. Kuda is the only one who can (supposedly) understand him.
** And the
him. The Mellower has elements of this, too.



* TrashOfTheTitans: The [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dead Man's Vlei]]- an abandoned toxic waste dump- is spacious enough to house an entire colony of scavengers, and so deep that slaves ''mine'' for salvage.

to:

* TrashOfTheTitans: The [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dead Man's Vlei]]- Vlei]] -- an abandoned toxic waste dump- dump -- is spacious enough to house an entire colony of scavengers, and so deep that slaves ''mine'' for salvage.
19th Apr '17 6:35:07 AM Theriocephalus
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BlessedWithSuck: Arm's telepathy grows in strength as the book progresses, making him more sensitive to what other people are feeling nearby, and thus making it harder for him to function around other people. [[spoiler:Luckily for him, he loses his telepathy due to what the Gondwannan gods do to him.]]
* Eye and Ear have similar issues with their own abilities. In addition to typical SensoryOverload and the disfiguring nature of their mutations, Eye is treated to a perpetual GrossUpCloseup of everything around him, while Ear's eponymous attributes are extremely delicate in the physical sense: At one point he suffers an excrutiating tear when he unfurls them in extreme winds.

to:

* BlessedWithSuck: BlessedWithSuck:
**
Arm's telepathy grows in strength as the book progresses, making him more sensitive to what other people are feeling nearby, and thus making it harder for him to function around other people. [[spoiler:Luckily for him, he loses his telepathy due to what the Gondwannan gods do to him.]]
* ** Eye and Ear have similar issues with their own abilities. In addition to typical SensoryOverload and the disfiguring nature of their mutations, Eye is treated to a perpetual GrossUpCloseup of everything around him, while Ear's eponymous attributes are extremely delicate in the physical sense: At delicate: at one point he suffers an excrutiating tear when he unfurls them in extreme winds.
14th Mar '17 1:45:34 PM morenohijazo
Is there an issue? Send a Message
13th Jan '17 5:19:31 PM Scorpion451
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* LovecraftianSuperpower: downplayed in the titular characters, but their powers are derived from physical mutations, and their appearances are very unsettling to others. Eye's eyes are [[SphereEyes huge and protruding]], Ear's ears are huge and mobile (to the point where he can fold them to focus on a point like an animal's ears or curl them up for storage), Arm's namesakes are of the {{Creepy Long| Arms}} variety with (slightly adhesive) [[CreepyLongFingers Fingers]] and legs to match.

to:

* LovecraftianSuperpower: downplayed in the titular characters, but their powers are derived from physical mutations, and their appearances are very unsettling to others. Eye's eyes are [[SphereEyes huge bulbous and protruding]], Ear's ears are huge and mobile (to the point where he can fold them to focus on a point like an animal's ears or curl them up for storage), Arm's namesakes are of the {{Creepy Long| Arms}} variety with (slightly adhesive) [[CreepyLongFingers Fingers]] and legs to match.
13th Jan '17 5:18:20 PM Scorpion451
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Eye and Ear have similar issues with their own abilities. In addition to typical SensoryOverload and the disfiguring nature of their mutations, Eye is treated to a perpetual GrossUpCloseup of everything around him, while Ear's eponymous attributes are extremely delicate in the physical sense: At one point he suffers an excrutiating tear when he unfurls them in extreme winds.
* ButtDialingMordor: Psychic powers and eldritch abominations make a bad combination.


Added DiffLines:

* LovecraftianSuperpower: downplayed in the titular characters, but their powers are derived from physical mutations, and their appearances are very unsettling to others. Eye's eyes are [[SphereEyes huge and protruding]], Ear's ears are huge and mobile (to the point where he can fold them to focus on a point like an animal's ears or curl them up for storage), Arm's namesakes are of the {{Creepy Long| Arms}} variety with (slightly adhesive) [[CreepyLongFingers Fingers]] and legs to match.


Added DiffLines:

* {{Mutants}}: The source of Eye, Ear, and Arm's abilities, and the people of the Dead Man's Vlei.


Added DiffLines:

* UrbanHellscape: Toxic slums, borderline-PrivatelyOwnedSociety, food shortages... an excellent example from the trope's heyday in the mid-90's.
8th Dec '16 6:58:59 PM Jayalaw
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AdultFear: The notion of your children being kidnapped after they convince you to let them do a small expedition for homework. Unsurprisingly, General Matsika is frantic when he realizes his kids are gone.



* BittersweetEnding: The kids are saved [[spoiler:from becoming a sacrifice, the family soothsayer's mother is put in jail for her extortion plot, but She-Elephant still has to serve some jail time for her crimes.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rita mentions that despite being their captor, at least She-Elephant made sure that the kids had enough to eat. [[spoiler:Whereas in Resthaven, Rita gets burned with peanuts for taking a bit of food for herself.]]



* GoodOldWays: Inverted and somewhat played straight with Resthaven. It's a natural preserve of pristine beauty, and it's a very good place to live - if you're a man. If you're a girl, you can look forward to polygamy and drudgery for the rest of your life, and [[spoiler: if twins are born, one of the twins ''will'' be killed. Yes, probably the girl.]]

to:

* GoodOldWays: Inverted and somewhat played straight with Resthaven. It's a natural preserve of pristine beauty, and it's a very good place to live - if you're a man. If you're a girl, you can look forward to polygamy and drudgery for the rest of your life, and [[spoiler: if twins are born, one of the twins ''will'' be killed. Yes, probably the girl.]] Also, understandably, when the kids end up there, they want to head home to their old life.
23rd Mar '14 11:41:31 AM Parable
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* TheDreaded: Matsika. As security chief of Zimbabwe, he brought an end to the chaos caused by the great gang wars through sheer ruthlessness. Over a decade later, just mentioning his name is enough to make the surviving lesser criminals take flight.
5th Aug '13 10:57:11 PM Korodzik
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AncientAfrica: Resthaven. In the middle of the futuristic Zimbabwe, this is a sacred country where the old ways are preserved[[hottip:*: Even the unpleasant ones]] - "the spiritual heart of Africa." Even airplanes aren't allowed to fly overhead, and the people who live inside of it have only the vaguest notion of the outside world - most of them.

to:

* AncientAfrica: Resthaven. In the middle of the futuristic Zimbabwe, this is a sacred country where the old ways are preserved[[hottip:*: Even preserved[[note]]Even the unpleasant ones]] ones[[/note]] - "the spiritual heart of Africa." Even airplanes aren't allowed to fly overhead, and the people who live inside of it have only the vaguest notion of the outside world - most of them.
27th Feb '13 2:15:31 PM Xtifr
Is there an issue? Send a Message


A 1995 Newbery Honor Book, ''The Ear, the Eye and the Arm'' [[hottip:*: No, there is not a comma missing there]] is a novel by Nancy Farmer set in Zimbabwe [[ExtyYearsFromNow 200 years in the future]].

to:

A 1995 Newbery Honor Book, ''The Ear, the Eye and the Arm'' [[hottip:*: No, Arm''[[note]] (No, there is not a comma missing there]] there)[[/note]] is a novel by Nancy Farmer set in Zimbabwe [[ExtyYearsFromNow 200 years in the future]].
21st Dec '12 4:06:05 AM TotemicHero
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Tendai and his siblings Rita and Kuda have lived a sheltered life and have a strained relationship with their father, the renowned General Matsika. Thus, with the aid of their caretaker, the Mellower, they sneak out of the house...and into a whole lot of trouble, getting themselves kidnapped. Meanwhile, the Matsika parents are frantic with worry, so the Mellower suggests hiring some detectives he has heard of - the eponymous Ear, Eye, and Arm. As the Matsika children struggle to survive, the detectives race to find them before it's too late.

to:

Tendai and his siblings Rita and Kuda have lived a sheltered life and have a strained relationship with their father, the renowned General Matsika. Thus, with the aid of their caretaker, the Mellower, they sneak out of the house...and into a whole lot of trouble, getting themselves kidnapped. Meanwhile, the Matsika parents are frantic with worry, so the Mellower suggests hiring some detectives he has heard of - [[TitleDrop the eponymous Ear, the Eye, and Arm.the Arm]]. As the Matsika children struggle to survive, the detectives race to find them before it's too late.



* BigDamnHeroes: The detectives pull this in Resthaven. [[spoiler:Arm also attempts to pull this at the book's climax, but that doesn't work out.]]



* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Sekai, in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]]



* HumansAreWhite: Averted. There are three distinct ethnic groups -- Black, Brown, and White. Most of the characters belong to Black and Brown, but the Mellower, [[ThoseTwoGuys Knife]], and one of title three are White.
* InfantImmortality
* LightningGun: The Soul Stealers

to:

* HumansAreWhite: Averted. There are three distinct ethnic groups -- Black, Brown, and White. Most of the characters belong to Black and Brown, but the Mellower, [[ThoseTwoGuys Knife]], and one of title three Ear are White.
* InfantImmortality
InfantImmortality: Played straight, although the plot comes very close to averting this on a few occasions.
* LightningGun: The Soul StealersStealers.



* MyBelovedSmother: [[spoiler: The Mellower's mother.]]

to:

* TheMenFirst: Implied that this is part of General Matsika's professional standards. [[spoiler:By the end, Tendai develops similar beliefs.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Mellower's mother.]]



* NobleSavage: Resthaven again, deconstructed. . See GoodOldWays.

to:

* NobleSavage: Resthaven again, deconstructed. . See GoodOldWays.



* ThemeNaming: This trope feels the love. The eponymous detectives, the Mellower, the She-Elephant, Knife and Fist, Trashman...

to:

* ThemeNaming: This trope feels the love. The eponymous three detectives, the Mellower, the She-Elephant, Knife and Fist, Trashman...


Added DiffLines:

* WouldHurtAChild: Most of the inhabitants of Resthaven, [[WouldHitAGirl as long as it's a girl]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 12. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.TheEarTheEyeAndTheArm