History Literature / TheGreatDivorce

9th Dec '15 12:53:04 PM Generality
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* ItIsDehumanizing: After spending some time on the verge of Heaven, the author refers to the shades from Hell as "it" rather than "he" or "she". * ItsAllAboutMe: The suffering of the ghosts in Hell ultimately stems from their profound self-absorption, such that many of them are unable to understand the guidance of the Bright Ones because they interpret the advice through their own prejudices, or refuse to venture up the slopes of Heaven because they are unwilling to give up some minor character flaw.

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* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: The narrator begins to gush with admiration when he realizes he's met Creator/GeorgeMacDonald, until the latter stops him, pointing out he's familiar with his own biography.
25th Nov '15 9:09:41 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* HellOfAHeaven: After comparing heaven and hell, most of the damned choose hell.
18th Nov '15 5:27:06 PM Chariset
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This book comes from the POV of an AuthorAvatar who finds himself in "the grey town," a dismal place where it is always twilight (the lights are on but are not welcoming) and always raining, even inside. The place seems empty and vast (there are many houses, most of them standing empty). The only queue is at a bus station, and our narrator joins it. He then describes how half the people in that queue leave it, never to return.
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This book comes from the POV of an AuthorAvatar who finds himself in "the grey town," a dismal place where it is always twilight (the lights are on but are not welcoming) and always raining, even inside. The place seems is full of empty and vast (there are many houses, most of them standing empty). The only queue is at a bus station, and our narrator joins it.sees other residents only when he enters a queue at a bus station. He then describes how half the people in that queue leave it, never to return.

* AHellOfATime: The Grey Town doesn't contain the expected sights associated with Hell: devils with pitchforks, sinners being tortured on flaming racks, etc. It's a depressing, rainy place where constant squabbling causes residents to spread out from everyone else and become TheAloner. Also, it's hinted that this is just the antechamber to Hell -- things are about to get much worse once full darkness sets in.
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* AHellOfATime: The Grey Town doesn't contain the expected sights associated with Hell: devils with pitchforks, sinners being tortured on flaming racks, etc. It's just a depressing, rainy place where constant squabbling causes residents to spread out from everyone else and become TheAloner. Also, However, it's hinted that this is just the antechamber to Hell -- things are about to get much worse once full darkness sets in.
18th Nov '15 5:24:44 PM Chariset
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This book comes from the POV of an AuthorAvatar who finds himself in "the grey town," a dismal place where it is always twilight (the lights are on but are not welcoming) and always raining, even inside. The place seems empty and vast (there are many houses). The only queue is at a bus station, and our narrator joins it. He then describes how half the people in that queue leave it never to return.
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This book comes from the POV of an AuthorAvatar who finds himself in "the grey town," a dismal place where it is always twilight (the lights are on but are not welcoming) and always raining, even inside. The place seems empty and vast (there are many houses).houses, most of them standing empty). The only queue is at a bus station, and our narrator joins it. He then describes how half the people in that queue leave it it, never to return.

They get to a bright, beautiful, vast, joyous countryside which is somehow more real than where they came from. They know it is supposed to be heaven. But it is so much more real that they appear to be ghosts, and are called such through the rest of the narrative. (This does include the narrator.) They are translucent. They are not intangible, though - they are just solid enough to be hurt. And everything hurts. Each Ghost is met by someone who was close to them who is a native, a Bright One. The Bright Ones literally give off light. Some of them are naked, some clothed - it doesn't make much difference. The Bright Ones try to encourage those they are meeting to stay and come to the mountains. Most of them fail.
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They get to a bright, beautiful, vast, joyous beautiful open countryside which where the sun is about to rise. It is somehow far more real than where the place they came from. left. They know it is supposed their chance to be heaven. leave Hell and get to Heaven. But it this world is so much more real (or they are so much ''less'' real) that they appear to be ghosts, and are called such through the rest of the narrative.ghosts. (This does include the narrator.) They are translucent. They are not intangible, translucent, though - not intangible -- they are just solid enough to be hurt. And everything hurts. the dimension around them is too real to bend for not-quite-real ghosts like themselves; the wind, the rain --even the blades of grass -- cut right through them. Each Ghost ghost is met by someone who was close to them who is a native, a Bright One. The Bright Ones literally give off light. Some of them are naked, some clothed - -- it doesn't make much difference. The Bright Ones try to encourage those they are meeting to stay and come with them to the mountains. Most of them fail.

* AHellOfATime: As one character points out, the Grey Town doesn't contain the expected sights associated with Hell: devils with pitchforks, sinners being tortured on flaming racks, etc. But at best, it's a depressing, rainy place where constant squabbling causes residents to spread out from everyone else and become TheAloner. Also, it's hinted that things are about to get much worse.
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* AHellOfATime: As one character points out, the The Grey Town doesn't contain the expected sights associated with Hell: devils with pitchforks, sinners being tortured on flaming racks, etc. But at best, it's It's a depressing, rainy place where constant squabbling causes residents to spread out from everyone else and become TheAloner. Also, it's hinted that this is just the antechamber to Hell -- things are about to get much worse.worse once full darkness sets in.
10th Oct '15 2:23:58 PM john_e
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->''"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor '''Thy'' will be done.']]"''
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->''"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor '''Thy'' '''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Thy]] '''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor will be done.']]"''
5th Sep '15 3:55:50 PM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/GeorgeMacDonald, Lewis's favorite author, appears as his SpiritAdvisor in heaven. {{Napoleon|Bonaparte}} also makes a cameo, and several others are discussed.
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/GeorgeMacDonald, Lewis's favorite author, appears as his SpiritAdvisor in heaven. {{Napoleon|Bonaparte}} UsefulNotes/{{Napoleon|Bonaparte}} also makes a cameo, and several others are discussed.
31st Aug '15 3:36:34 PM Goldfritha
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* ExcessiveMourning: One mother's obsession with her son resulted in this.
15th Jun '15 2:28:09 PM morenohijazo
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* MotherhoodIsSuperior: One of the damned souls thinks this is true. Her brother in Heaven gently informs her that her father and daughter revolted over her mourning for her dead son not because they were less loving but because she was obsessed and uncaring. At one point, one character points out to the narrator that she would gladly demand to take her son to Hell to keep possession of him.
7th Jun '15 11:07:57 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Great Divorce'' can be seen as a modern(ish), less unsubtle counterpart to John Bunyan's classic ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress''; both works are allegories for the Christian faith where almost every character represents an ideology or a personal vice, and they both [[spoiler:turn out to be dreams at the end]]. Lewis also wrote ''The Pilgrim's Regress'' which was more blatantly inspired by Bunyan's work right down to the title.* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Those who say to God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "Thy will be done."]]
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Great Divorce'' can be seen as a modern(ish), less unsubtle counterpart to John Bunyan's classic ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress''; both works are allegories for the Christian faith where almost every character represents an ideology or a personal vice, and they both [[spoiler:turn out to be dreams at the end]]. Lewis also wrote ''The Pilgrim's Regress'' which was more blatantly inspired by Bunyan's work right down to the title.title. * ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Those who say to God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "Thy will be done."]]
7th Jun '15 11:05:57 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Those who say to God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "Thy will be done."]]
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Great Divorce'' can be seen as a modern(ish), less unsubtle counterpart to John Bunyan's classic ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress''; both works are allegories for the Christian faith where almost every character represents an ideology or a personal vice, and they both [[spoiler:turn out to be dreams at the end]]. Lewis also wrote ''The Pilgrim's Regress'' which was more blatantly inspired by Bunyan's work right down to the title.* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Those who say to God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "Thy will be done."]]
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