History Literature / TheLordsOfDiscipline

21st Jun '14 10:03:33 AM ian55
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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: In TheFilmOfTheBook, Pig merely leaves the campus in a cab when he's expelled by the honor council, and Will is able to arrange for him to return and finish out next year in his negotiations with the General. In the film, he commits suicide out of shame by walking in front of a train.]]

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: In TheFilmOfTheBook, Pig merely leaves the campus in a cab when he's expelled by the honor council, and Will is able to arrange for him to return and finish out next year in his negotiations with the General. In the film, book, he commits suicide out of shame by walking in front of a train.]]
25th Sep '13 3:41:21 PM Renicula
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* LonelyRichKid: Tradd was implied to be one of these before meeting Will and the rest of his roommates. [[spoiler: By the end of the book, he is again.]]
3rd Sep '13 6:44:05 PM Renicula
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The [[spoiler: St. Croixs]] are largely responsible for their own downfall as well as the Ten's. [[spoiler: If Commerce hadn't been so open about his extremely thorough journals (including letting his son's friends know where he keeps the key), or if he hadn't gone to the Parade with the one other member of the Ten he should've been sure that the boys knew about, or if Abigail hadn't conspired to introduce Will to Annie Kate]] things probably wouldn't have turned out so badly for them.
3rd Sep '13 6:39:49 PM Renicula
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* GallowsHumor: The graffiti the cadets write often contains this, most notably [[spoiler: "Dante Pignetti was railroaded out of the Institute.]]

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* GallowsHumor: The graffiti the cadets write often contains this, most notably [[spoiler: "Dante Pignetti was railroaded out of the Institute.]]"]]



* SlobsVersusSnobs: [[spoiler: Turns into this by the end, with Will and Mark facing off against pretty much the entirety of Charlestonian society.

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* SlobsVersusSnobs: [[spoiler: Turns into this by the end, with Will and Mark facing off against pretty much the entirety of Charlestonian society.]]
3rd Sep '13 6:39:15 PM Renicula
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* PrincelyYoungMan: Tradd, who belongs to the "Gentlemanly" subdivision [[spoiler: although he's revealed to have a large measure of the "Spoiled Brat" in him by the end.]]
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Against all odds, Will and Mark maneuver the General into being forced to allow them to graduate, and it's hinted that the power of the Ten has been forever shaken. However, Pig is dead and Tradd has been revealed as a traitor and the man who deserted Annie Kate during her pregnancy, leading Will and Mark to cut ties with him and his family forever. Moreover, Will reveals that Mark dies in Vietnam soon after graduation.]]


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* SlobsVersusSnobs: [[spoiler: Turns into this by the end, with Will and Mark facing off against pretty much the entirety of Charlestonian society.
3rd Sep '13 6:25:27 PM Renicula
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* [[spoiler: AristocratsAreEvil: Played very straight.]]
3rd Sep '13 6:23:08 PM Renicula
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* BlueBlood: Class divisons within Charleston are a major theme in the novel. Will envies the beauty and delicacy of the lives of the Charlestonian aristocrats living south of Broad Street. When he meets Annie Kate, a society girl who's been temporarily disgraced by her TeenPregnancy, he falls in love [[spoiler: only to be rebuffed by her for, among other reasons, being too lower class.]] Will's roommate Tradd and his family are also examples [[spoiler: and ironically treated Annie Kate the same way she treated Will when she became pregnant with Tradd's child, as her father was lower class and therefore she was seen as an unsuitable wife for the truly blue-blooded Tradd.]]



* GrandeDame: Abigail St. Croix is a rare example of the "saintly 'great lady'" subtype of this.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Annie Kate and her mother have become this. They still keep their houses for reasons of pretension, although they can't afford to keep them up.



* OldSchoolChivalry: Tradd. [[spoiler: ''Majorly'' subverted by the end.]]



* SilkHidingSteel: "The sweetness of Southern women often conceals the secret deadliness of snakes."



* TheVietnamWar: A constant presence in the novel's background. Institute graduates, including the General's son, are continually dying in it throughout the book, at which point their picture is put up in the school library. Will's refusal to sign an army contract and his opposition to the war are one of the most obvious factors seperating him from his classmates. [[spoiler: Mark, the only friend Will has left after graduating, dies in it some time after the novel's conclusion.]]

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* UptownGirl: Annie Kate and Will. [[spoiler: Annie Kate's parents as well.]]
* TheVietnamWar: A constant presence in the novel's background. Institute graduates, including the General's son, are continually dying in it throughout the book, at which point their picture is put up in the school library. Will's refusal to sign an army contract and his opposition to the war are one of the most obvious factors seperating him from his classmates. [[spoiler: Mark, the only friend Will has left after graduating, dies in it some time after the novel's conclusion.]]]]
* WickedCultured: Academic excellence and Southern manners are considered important qualifications for membership in the Ten, after all.
3rd Sep '13 6:05:22 PM Renicula
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* PreppyName / UnfortunateNames: A lot of the upper class characters have somewhat ridiculous names (Commerce, Tradd, Cain), often for family reasons.



* UnfortunateNames: A lot of the upper class characters have somewhat ridiculous names (Commerce, Tradd, Cain), often for family reasons.
3rd Sep '13 6:03:35 PM Renicula
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* GallowsHumor: The graffiti the cadets write often contains this, most notably [spoiler: "Dante Pignetti was railroaded out of the Institute.]]

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* GallowsHumor: The graffiti the cadets write often contains this, most notably [spoiler: [[spoiler: "Dante Pignetti was railroaded out of the Institute.]]
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