History Literature / TheGreatDivorce

16th Jun '18 5:11:54 PM dieseldragons
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* IronicHell. It exists ''in Heaven'', but is no larger there than a tiny pebble. The beings that dwell there are microscopic. In fact its so insignificant, its shown to be more of a state of mind, rather than a state of reality itself.

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* IronicHell. It exists ''in Heaven'', but is no larger there than a tiny pebble. an atom. The beings that dwell there are microscopic.subatomic. In fact its so insignificant, its shown to be more of a state of mind, rather than a state of reality itself.
16th Jun '18 4:18:57 PM dieseldragons
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* StarsAreSouls: Subverted. In Hell, the "old ones" including famous (or infamous) people from history such as Tamberlaine, Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar are measured in distance, similar to how our Sun's closest neighbors are measured in light years. They keep moving away across the plain of nothingness indefinitely. They ''could'' go all the way back to the bus stop... but it would take a very long time. At 15,000 years away, Napoleon's the nearest "star".
16th Jun '18 6:02:03 AM dieseldragons
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* EldritchLocation: Heaven is this to all Hellish ghosts. Everything is alive, or an incarnation of an Angel. Everything hurts and disorientates them as they are less-than-real.


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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: All ghosts are. Even as the Bright Ones point this out via psychoanalysis, they either cannot admit their shortcomings, or confront them. They find any welcoming audience or reunion, [[NoPlaceForMeThere unbearable]], and many of them flat out [[RedemptionRejection refuse to venture any further and leave]].
15th Jun '18 10:01:15 PM dieseldragons
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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Many, okay, a LOT of ghosts, damn themselves this way, and the Bright Ones are powerless to do anything.

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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Many, okay, a LOT of ghosts, damn themselves this way, and the Bright Ones are powerless to do anything.anything to stop their egocentric foolishness.



* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Bright Ones and Angels are moved by love and compassion enough to want to help the hellish ghosts, but feel no pity or regret should that being fail, and implode on themselves back to hell. Indeed, the concepts of sadness and loss ''are alien'' to them. Only God can and does, feel pity for the damned.

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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Bright Ones and Angels are moved by love and compassion enough to want to help the hellish ghosts, but feel no pity or regret should that being fail, and implode on themselves back to hell. Indeed, the concepts of sadness and loss ''are alien'' to them. Only God can and does, feel pity for the damned. There hasn't been a single soul in hell he hasn't tried to talk some sense into.



* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: The Hard-Bitten Ghost Deconstructs cynicism and the thought that the cynical view of the world is more reliable (the Narrator describes his appearance as being of the type that he (the Narrator) has always found reliable, and the Narrator trusts his words enough to go into a HeroicBSOD because of them). He's a conspiracy theorist who has lost all ability to enjoy anything because he's so cynical, and thinks that all of the Wonders of the World are just tourist traps run by a World Combine. He's in hell, and he can't accept that he can get into Heaven because he doesn't trust the Bright People's assurances that those who choose to go to Heaven can become more solid. Heck, he doesn't believe in Heaven at all, and thinks that Heaven and Hell are secretly on the same side, faking the war to extort from the Ghosts.

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* TheShutIn: None of the hellish spirits want to venture outside their "dwelling places" when darkness falls. When 'They' arrive. Whether is a this is a case of OurAngelsAreDifferent or OurDemonsAreDifferent is not explicit mentioned, therefore left open to interpretation. If anything, ''sunrise'' ironically comes first, and hoo boy [[GoodIsNotNice the damned don't]] [[HolyBurnsEvil like that]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood one bit.]]
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: The Hard-Bitten Ghost Deconstructs cynicism and the thought that the cynical view of the world is more reliable (the Narrator describes his appearance as being of the type that he (the Narrator) has always found reliable, and the Narrator trusts his words enough to go into a HeroicBSOD because of them). He's a conspiracy theorist who has lost all ability to enjoy anything because he's so cynical, and thinks that all of the Wonders of the World are just tourist traps run by a World Combine. He's in hell, and he can't accept that he can get into Heaven because he doesn't trust the Bright People's assurances that those who choose to go to Heaven can become more solid. Heck, he doesn't believe in Heaven at all, and thinks that Heaven and Hell are secretly on the same side, [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks faking the war to extort from the Ghosts.Ghosts]].
15th Jun '18 9:39:58 PM dieseldragons
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* IronicHell. It exists ''in Heaven'', but is no larger there than a tiny pebble. The beings that dwell there are microscopic. In fact its so insignificant, its shown to be more of a state of mind, rather than a state of reality itself.
15th Jun '18 9:34:59 PM dieseldragons
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Nobody stays in Hell unless they choose to be there. [=MacDonald=] warns of "...the people to whom {{God}} says, in the end, '''Thy'' will be done.'" Why anybody would wish such a fate on themselves is the question that's explored through the story.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Nobody stays in Hell unless they choose to be there. Those that seek eternal death will find it. [=MacDonald=] warns of "...the people to whom {{God}} says, in the end, '''Thy'' will be done.'" Why anybody would wish such a fate on themselves is the question that's explored through the story.
15th Jun '18 9:32:23 PM dieseldragons
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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Bright Ones and Angels are moved by love and compassion enough to want to help the hellish ghosts, but feel no pity or regret should that being fail, and implode on themselves back to hell. Indeed, the concepts of sadness and loss ''are alien'' to them. Only God can and does, feel pity for the damned.
15th Jun '18 3:24:10 PM dieseldragons
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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Many, okay, a LOT of ghosts, damn themselves this way, and the Bright Ones are powerless to do anything.


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* ForHappiness: Many Bright Ones choose to delay their own ascensions, and try to rescue as many from their SelfInflictedHell as possible, because they felt the radiance and splendor of the sunrise needed to be [[GoodFeelsGood experienced by as many as possible]].
27th Apr '18 1:15:40 PM margdean56
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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Sarah Smith's husband Frank's sin was using other peoples' pity to manipulate them and make them miserable. This trait is represented by the Tragedian.

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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Sarah Smith's husband Frank's sin was using other peoples' people's pity to manipulate them and make them miserable. This trait is represented by the Tragedian.
27th Apr '18 1:07:44 PM margdean56
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* IgnoredEpiphany: The Ghosts in Hell all meet someone in Heaven who directly points out what problems are keeping them from entering Heaven, but despite it being in the Ghosts best interest, many of them plead ignorance and retreat back to the bus from Hell.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: The Ghosts in Hell all meet someone in Heaven who directly points out what problems are keeping them from entering Heaven, but despite it being in the Ghosts Ghosts' best interest, many of them plead ignorance and retreat back to the bus from Hell.
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