History Literature / TheHorseAndHisBoy

19th Apr '16 1:48:57 PM Makhno
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* ArbitraryScepticism: Bree scoffs at the idea that the tombs of the ancient kings are haunted by ghouls, regarding it as foolish superstition. He turns out to be right, and it's true that Calormene is a much less magical place than Narnia: but c'mon - Bree is a ''talking horse''. Also, it was established back in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' that ghouls exist in the Narniverse.
26th Feb '16 2:53:04 PM Chariset
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* InsistentTerminology: When speaking to or of the Tisroc (may he live forever), it is apparently reflexive to add an appeal to the Calormene gods, 'may you/he live forever.'

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* InsistentTerminology: When speaking to or of the Tisroc (may he live forever), Tisroc, it is apparently reflexive to add an appeal to the Calormene gods, 'may "May you/he live forever.'"



* InThatOrder: [[TheDitz Lasaraleen]] tells her servants that if they reveal Aravis' presence, she'll have them beaten to death, burnt alive, and then kept on bread and water for three weeks - rather ineffectual punishments if done in that order, and a display of her casual, lazy attitude.[[labelnote:analysis]]This allows Lewis to make her a kind of IneffectualSympatheticVillain, which is necessary because she is a friend of Aravis and helps her, but she is still a Calormene noblewoman and a product of her culture.[[/labelnote]]

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* InThatOrder: [[TheDitz Lasaraleen]] tells her servants that if they reveal Aravis' presence, she'll have them beaten to death, burnt alive, and then kept on bread and water for three weeks - -- rather ineffectual punishments if done in that order, and a display of her casual, lazy attitude.[[labelnote:analysis]]This allows Lewis to make her a kind of IneffectualSympatheticVillain, which is necessary because she is a friend of Aravis and helps her, but she is still a Calormene noblewoman and a product of her culture.[[/labelnote]]



* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) give Rabadash permission to invade Narnia, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) justify his decision to send his own son go into a situation that will probably get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan -- and the Tisroc (may he live forever) not much better -- but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) give Rabadash permission to invade Narnia, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) justify his decision to send his own son go into a situation that will probably get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan -- and the Tisroc (may he live forever) not much better -- but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.



* TheMagnificent: Rabadash is called "the Peaceful" to his face, due to [[spoiler: Aslan's judgment making going on campaign nigh-impossible for him]], but he ultimately goes down in history as "Rabadash the Ridiculous."

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* TheMagnificent: Rabadash is called "the Peaceful" Peacemaker" to his face, due to [[spoiler: Aslan's judgment making going on campaign nigh-impossible for him]], but he ultimately goes down in history as "Rabadash the Ridiculous."



* PrinceCharmless: Rabadash was apparently charming enough in Narnia, but when Queen Susan and her company visit him, the mask starts to slip. It comes off entirely when she escapes him.



* XanatosGambit: The Tisroc's [[OverlyLongGag (may he live forever)]] plan in letting Rabadash off the leash to chase after Queen Susan: if he gets her, all well and good, and he'll not only have a potential long-term means of conquering Narnia, but Rabadash will get to let out some of the sort of hot-blooded passion that leads impatient princes to [[{{Patricide}} try accelerating the process of succession]]. Worst-case scenario, if he dies, well, that's a threat to the throne gone, and the Tisroc (may he live forever) has other sons. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the humiliating fate Aslan inflicts on Rabadash is a monkey wrench in the works.]]

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* XanatosGambit: The Tisroc's [[OverlyLongGag (may he live forever)]] plan in letting Rabadash off the leash to chase after Queen Susan: if he gets her, all well and good, and he'll not only have a potential long-term means of conquering Narnia, but Rabadash will get to let out some of the sort of hot-blooded passion that leads impatient princes to [[{{Patricide}} try accelerating the process of succession]]. Worst-case scenario, if he dies, well, that's a threat to the throne gone, and the Tisroc (may he live forever) has other sons. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the humiliating fate Aslan inflicts on Rabadash is a monkey wrench in the works.Aslan's intervention prevents either of these outcomes from happening.]]
21st Jan '16 1:16:51 PM Karxrida
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: When [[spoiler: Cor, his older brother, returns to Archenland - and thus becomes next in line for the throne]] - Corin is [[NoReallyItsOkay delighted that he will not have to become king]]. Lune agrees, pointing out that princes live in luxury and are highly respected, but kings have to do a lot of work and make hard decisions.

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* TheChainsOfCommanding: When [[spoiler: Cor, his older brother, returns to Archenland - and thus becomes next in line for the throne]] - Corin is [[NoReallyItsOkay delighted that he will not have to become king]].king. Lune agrees, pointing out that princes live in luxury and are highly respected, but kings have to do a lot of work and make hard decisions.
4th Jan '16 8:08:55 PM Chariset
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* AbortedArc: A mini-one. On arriving in Tashbaan, Aravis is horrified to discover (from her friend Lasaraleen) that her father is unexpectedly present in the city at the same time -- and yet this discovery leads to nothing.

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* AbortedArc: A mini-one. On arriving in Tashbaan, Aravis [[RunawayFiance Aravis]] is horrified to discover (from her friend Lasaraleen) that her father is unexpectedly present also in the city at the same time town -- and yet this discovery leads to nothing.does nothing more than keep Aravis from moving openly through the city, which she probably couldn't have done anyway.



* AdiposeRex: The Tisroc [[InsistentTerminology (may he live forever)]] of Calormen.

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* AdiposeRex: The Tisroc [[InsistentTerminology [[PhraseCatcher (may he live forever)]] of Calormen.



* AgonyOfTheFeet: Shasta is unable to help Bree by walking during the daylight desert crossing because the hot sands burn his feet, as he [[BarefootPoverty has no shoes.]]

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Shasta is unable to help Bree by walking during the daylight desert crossing because the hot sands burn his feet, as he [[BarefootPoverty has no shoes.shoeless feet.]]



* ArrangedMarriage: What Aravis is fleeing. Suggested to be the case with her friend Lasraleen. However we never see her husband, it is suggested that he spends a lot of time away from home and she rather enjoys her high life.
* AssholeVictim: Anradin Tarkaan, who is apparently very cruel to his slaves. At the Battle of Anvard he is killed.
* AutomatonHorses: Defied quite resoundingly. Not only can the horses ''tell'' their humans what they need, the threat of "Rabadash and two hundred horse" drops from 'legendary' to 'big but manageable' when Bree points out how long it will take to get that many riders moving, saddled, provisioned, watered, etc.

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* ArrangedMarriage: What Aravis is fleeing. Suggested to be the case with her friend Lasraleen. However we never see her husband, it husband (it is suggested that he spends a lot of time away from home home) and she rather enjoys her high life.
* AssholeVictim: Anradin Tarkaan, who is apparently very cruel to his slaves. At He dies in the Battle of Anvard he is killed.
Anvard, and his death gets only a glancing mention.
* AutomatonHorses: Defied quite resoundingly. Not only can the horses ''tell'' their humans what they need, the threat of "Rabadash and two hundred horse" drops from 'legendary' to 'big but manageable' when Bree points out how long it will take to get that many riders moving, saddled, provisioned, watered, etc. Bree also remarks that "galloping for a day and a night" is completely out of the question.



* BarefootSage: the Hermit of the Southern March.

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* BarefootSage: the The Hermit of the Southern March.



* RealityEnsues: When Shasta is making his BigHeroicRun to save the day, all he can think about is how he's winded, tired, his side hurts, his feet hurt, and it's just not fair that he should be given more to do after what he's already been through.



* RunawayFiance: Aravis again. She was engaged to the much older Ahoshta Tarkaan, aka the Grand Vizier, as both a way to gain power for her nobleman father ''and'' an excuse for her WickedStepmother to get rid of her. We really only hear her side of the story, but it's clear that she doesn't want to marry the evil, ugly old politician, and it's hard to argue with that point.

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* RunawayFiance: Aravis again. She was engaged to the much older Ahoshta Tarkaan, aka the Grand Vizier, as both a way to gain power for her nobleman father ''and'' an excuse for her WickedStepmother to get rid of her. We really only hear her side of the story, but it's clear that she doesn't want to marry the evil, ugly old politician, and it's hard easy to argue with that point.see why.
26th Dec '15 1:26:15 PM morenohijazo
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* SidenoteFullStory: ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' takes a brief moment to discuss an old legend as part of dinner entertainment, and says one day that story would have to be told in its entirety. That legend became this.
25th Dec '15 4:28:35 PM SpectralTime
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* OvershadowedByAwesome: As grown men, Cor is the more dangerous of the twins, because he is a better swordsman, but Corin is the famous hero, because he once boxed with a bear and won.
17th Dec '15 4:04:43 PM MrThorfan64
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* AssholeVictim: Anradin Tarkaan, who is apparently very cruel to his slaves. At the Battle of Anvard he is killed.



* BalefulPolymorph: Aslan turns Prince Rabadash into a donkey during his HumiliationConga. The final part? He can only be changed back by showing up at the temple during his country's largest festival, letting the entire country see what happened to him. Furthermore, if he ever goes too far from the palace, he'll turn back into a donkey forever. This prevents him from conducting any military campaigns against neighboring kingdoms, since he would lose the respect of his own people if he tried to send his army to fight while he stayed behind.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Aslan turns Prince Rabadash into a donkey during his HumiliationConga. The final part? He can only be changed back by showing up at the temple during his country's largest a huge festival, letting the entire country thousands see what happened to him. Furthermore, if he ever goes too far from the palace, he'll turn back into a donkey forever. This prevents him from conducting any military campaigns against neighboring kingdoms, since he would lose the respect of his own people if he tried to send his army to fight while he stayed behind.behind, and might get overthrown.



* EvilPrince: Rabadash certainly seems evil, and his father, the Tisroc (may he live forever) fears Rabadash may overthrow him if he is not sent to cool his blood. Apparently this is the norm for the eldest sons of Tisrocs, he mentions that more then five Tisrocs died because their eldest sons grew tired of waiting.



* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: One of the Tarkaans that rides with Rabadash is Corradin of Castle Tormunt.



** Prince Rabadash's father the Tisroc (may he live forever) allows his eldest son to attack Archenland and Narnia specifically because the prince is {{hot blooded}}, hard to control, and [[WeHaveReserves easily replaceable]].

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** Prince Rabadash's father the Tisroc (may he live forever) allows his eldest son to attack Archenland and Narnia specifically because the prince is {{hot blooded}}, hard to control, and [[WeHaveReserves easily replaceable]].replaceable]], the Tisroc having 18 other sons.


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* TheStarscream: The Tisroc sends Rabadash, partially because he fears he may be this, as the oldest sons of Tisrocs often are. He mentions this happened to more then five Tisrocs.
** When he becomes Tisroc Rabadash doesn't send his Tarkhaans to win victories while he is stuck near Tashbaan, as them gaining fame at his expense may cause them to become this.


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* UnreliableNarrator: When Aravis is talking about how Hwin convinced her not to kill herself, Hwin mentions she didn't talk as well as that, to which Bree says Aravis is telling the story in the grand Calormene style.
4th Dec '15 12:22:11 PM crazysamaritan
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* TheBechdelTest: Aravis' conversations with Lasaraleen, though the latter will inevitably go back to talking about some men sooner or later, ''do'' pass with the talk about Lasaraleen's life and planning Aravis' escape. If Hwin is included in this equation (she's a horse but a talking one and functions as a character) she and Aravis talk about Narnia plenty of times. Aravis and Lucy are also mentioned in an offhand comment as talking about dresses and other girly things.
18th Nov '15 7:23:34 PM Chariset
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* BigFancyCastle: The tisroc's (may he live forever) palace is so vast, there is a whole section (the Old Palace) not used very much anymore.

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* BigFancyCastle: The tisroc's Tisroc's (may he live forever) palace is so vast, there is a whole section (the Old Palace) not used very much anymore.



* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy and his Horse as well as A Girl and her Mare. Bree, however, finds this phrasing prejudiced and believes it's just as fair to say that the children are the horses' humans. [[CaptainObvious Hence the title]].

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* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy and his Horse Stallion as well as A Girl and her Mare. Bree, however, finds this phrasing prejudiced and believes it's just as fair to say that the children are the horses' humans. [[CaptainObvious Hence the title]].



* DefrostingIceQueen: Aravis is pretty proud and cold toward Shasta for the first half of the book, but she eventually warms up to him as he proves to be brave and resourceful.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Aravis is pretty proud and cold toward Shasta for the first half of the book, but she eventually warms up to him Shasta as he proves to be brave demonstrates his courage and resourceful.resourcefulness.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In many of his non-fiction essays, Lewis argued against theologians who tried to "demythologize" Christianity by arguing that, for example, Christ wasn't literally the "son of God" and/or didn't really rise from the dead. In TheHorseAndHisBoy, Bree explains that while Narnians call Aslan a lion, he isn't ''really'' a lion--it's just a figurative way of saying he's as brave as a lion or as fierce as a lion, unaware that the very-literal lion is right behind him. (Aslan isn't offended, just amused.)

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In many of his non-fiction essays, Lewis argued against theologians who tried to "demythologize" Christianity by arguing that, for example, Christ wasn't literally the "son of God" and/or didn't really rise from the dead. In TheHorseAndHisBoy, Bree explains that while Narnians call Aslan a lion, he isn't ''really'' a lion--it's lion -- it's just a figurative way of saying he's as brave ''brave'' as a lion or as fierce ''fierce'' as a lion, unaware that the very-literal lion is right behind him. (Aslan isn't offended, just amused.seems to find this highly amusing.)



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bree acts like this on several occasions -- a combination of being a [[IntellectualAnimal Talking Horse]] among horses ''and'' the prize war-stallion in an official's stable has left him with an over-inflated sense of his own magnificence. That said, he's got a strong sense of honor, helps Shasta escape from a FateWorseThanDeath, and is an unquestionably loyal companion.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bree acts like this on several occasions -- a combination of being a [[IntellectualAnimal Talking Horse]] among horses ''and'' the prize war-stallion in an official's stable has left him with an over-inflated sense of his own magnificence. That said, he's got a strong sense of honor, helps Shasta escape from a FateWorseThanDeath, and is an unquestionably loyal companion.



* OverlyLongName: The titular horse's full name is Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah (i.e. a horse's neigh). He begrudgingly the shortened form "Bree" for the rest of the book. "Hwin" sounds like the shortened version of a similar name.

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* OverlyLongName: The titular horse's full name is Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah (i.e. a horse's neigh). He begrudgingly accepts the shortened form "Bree" for the rest of the book. "Hwin" sounds like the shortened version of a similar name.



* SmallNameBigEgo: Bree, at first, thanks mostly to being a talking intelligent horse surrounded by regular witless horses. He panics on the verge of arriving in Narnia when he realizes that he's spent his life as a big fish in a small pond and begins to fear that he will embarrass himself in front of the other talking horses. Aslan tells him gently to get over himself - he may not be exceptional, but he's a perfectly fine horse.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Bree, at first, thanks mostly to being a talking intelligent horse surrounded by regular witless horses. He panics on the verge of arriving in Narnia when he realizes that he's spent his life as a big fish in a small pond and begins to fear that he will embarrass himself in front of the other talking horses. Aslan tells him gently to get over himself - -- he may not be exceptional, but he's a perfectly fine horse.
18th Nov '15 7:16:28 PM Chariset
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bree acts like this on several occasions - a combination of being a [[IntellectualAnimal Talking Horse]] as well as the prize steed in an official's stable result in him feeling a bit smug at times about his abilities, and he's not at all afraid to talk down to anyone (particularly Shasta, who is effectively an escaped slave). That said, he's got a strong sense of honor, helps Shasta escape from a FateWorseThanDeath, and is an unquestionably loyal companion.
* JustifiedCriminal: Shasta feels guilty about "raiding" food and supplies from the Calormenes, but Bree rationalizes it by explaining that they are in "enemy territory".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) have their interview with Rabadash, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) feel better about letting Rabadash go into a situation that will likely get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan (and the Tisroc (may he live forever) not much better), but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.
** And from Rabadash to Ahoshta during the interview, kicking him literally.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bree acts like this on several occasions - -- a combination of being a [[IntellectualAnimal Talking Horse]] as well as among horses ''and'' the prize steed war-stallion in an official's stable result in has left him feeling a bit smug at times about with an over-inflated sense of his abilities, and he's not at all afraid to talk down to anyone (particularly Shasta, who is effectively an escaped slave). own magnificence. That said, he's got a strong sense of honor, helps Shasta escape from a FateWorseThanDeath, and is an unquestionably loyal companion.
* JustifiedCriminal: Shasta feels guilty about "raiding" taking food and supplies from the Calormenes, but Bree rationalizes it by explaining that they are in Narnian soldiers raiding "enemy territory".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) have their interview with Rabadash, give Rabadash permission to invade Narnia, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) feel better about letting Rabadash justify his decision to send his own son go into a situation that will likely probably get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan (and -- and the Tisroc (may he live forever) not much better), better -- but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.
** And from Rabadash to Ahoshta also gives the Grand Vizier a LiteralAssKicking during the interview, kicking him literally.but it doesn't make us feel all that sorry for Ahoshta.



* MyInstinctsAreShowing: Bree may be an IntellectualAnimal, but he still panics and bolts from a lion.



* OverlyLongName: The titular horse's full name is a neigh: Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah. He grumpily accepts that Shasta won't remember (or be able to pronounce) that and begrudgingly accepts being called Bree for the rest of the book. "Hwin" sounds like a shortened version of a similar name, evoking a horse's whinny.

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* OverlyLongName: The titular horse's full name is Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah (i.e. a neigh: Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah. horse's neigh). He grumpily accepts that Shasta won't remember (or be able to pronounce) that and begrudgingly accepts being called Bree the shortened form "Bree" for the rest of the book. "Hwin" sounds like a the shortened version of a similar name, evoking a horse's whinny.name.
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