History Literature / TheNakedSun

19th Jul '16 2:25:44 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: Rikaine was killed because he knew about Dr. Leebig's EvilPlan.]]



** Baley suggests that this was one of the murderer's motives - he was sexually attracted to Gladia, who refused what passed for his "advances" ([[spoiler:she refused an offer to become his assistant]]) and so hated both her and her husband. Of course, as a Solarian, there was no chance for him to act upon these urges anyway, even disregarding the fact that [[spoiler:this was Jothan Leebig, who would have not approached her under any circumstances, and likely would not have acknowledged such feelings even to himself.]]

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** Baley suggests that this was one of the murderer's motives - he was sexually attracted to Gladia, who refused what passed for his "advances" ([[spoiler:she refused an offer to become his assistant]]) and so hated both her and her husband. Of course, as a Solarian, there was no chance for him to act upon these urges anyway, even disregarding the fact that [[spoiler:this was Jothan Leebig, who would have not approached her under any circumstances, and likely would not have acknowledged such feelings even to himself.]]himself]]. Of course, Baley doesn't rely on just that.


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* UnwittingPawn: Robots cannot be ordered to murder humans, but they ''can'' be used in one. This happens with a robot that brought poisoned water to Hans Gruer (although Gruer doesn't die). [[spoiler: And then the robot that handed a poisoned arrow to Bik, and the robot whose arm was used to murder Rikaine Delmarre]].
19th Jul '16 1:49:16 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Johan Leebig is extremely anti-social, and voluntarily stopped all human contact when he was a small child. Of course, [[ValuesDissonance in Solaria]], that was considered a good thing and [[LamarckWasRight proof humans were evolving past gregariousness]]. [[spoiler: He dislikes human presence so strongly that he was ready to ''conquer the galaxy'' just so that Solaria and its taboo on personal presence would remain untouched.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Discussed. When Baley points out Quemot as a suspect in Delmarre's murder, he suggests as a possible motive that Quemot could have been annoyed at losing too many chess games to Delmarre. When Quemont comments that losing some chess games doesn't seem like much of a motive, Baley says that some motives can seem all the world to the murderer and absolutely ridiculous to everyone else.



* NoodleIncident: Elijah mentions one case he was on where a murderer was caught only because he couldn't bring himself to break the custom of absolute silence in the communal restrooms.



* OurNudityIsDifferent: Gladia has no idea why Elijah would have a problem with her being semi-naked. After all, he's only viewing her as a hologram.
* PerfectPoison: Subverted. The poisoner uses too much poison, and the victim vomits most of it up before it can kill him. He does, however, spend the rest of the book recovering from the dose he ''did'' receive.

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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Solarian culture differentiates between "seeing" (actually being in the room with someone) and "viewing" (communicating from afar via highly-realistic hologram), and there's much less social restrictions on viewing, including no nudity taboo. When Gladia has a NakedFirstImpression with Elijah, she has no idea why Elijah he would have a problem with her being semi-naked. naked. After all, he's only viewing not seeing ''her'', he's just seeing a hologram in her as a hologram.
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* PerfectPoison: Subverted. The poisoner uses too much poison, much, and the victim vomits most of it up before it can kill him. He does, however, spend the rest of the book recovering from the dose he ''did'' receive.receive.
-->'''Baley''': You poisoners on Solaria don't know dosages. Lack of experience.
20th Jun '16 7:29:23 AM Synch
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* NightmareFuel: In-universe examples. Centuries of being cooped up inside walled cities have given all Earthmen intense agoraphobia (fear of the outdoors), to the point that Daneel fears Lije will panic just from seeing out an open window, and flatly refuses to let him open the top of the convertible car they're in when they first arrive on the planet. On the other side of the spectrum, there's Solarians. They've isolated themselves from others for so long that they have anthropophobia (fear of other people). In one case, it's so bad that one of the characters mentally regresses nearly to infancy at the thought of being in the same room as another person.
** [[spoiler:Jothan Leebig's]] EvilPlan is this to just about everyone except him. In fact [[spoiler:his enthusiasm during his speech about how useful robots are can easily mean even he isn't an exception.]] Though it would have been a powerful military weapon, in a society wholly dependent on robots, the thought of circumventing the Three Laws is enough to instantly turn all of Solaria against him.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Part of the reason Baley insists on seeing over viewing is to gauge how each interviewee reacts to physical presence. Most find it extremely uncomfortable, but only for Leebig does it reach the level of a phobia. On the other end of the spectrum is Gladia, whose "fear" is purely a product of her social conditioning; whereas other Solarians find seeing more difficult to endure as time goes on (even those whose job requires it), she finds it easier.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
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Part of the reason Baley insists on seeing over viewing is to gauge how each interviewee reacts to physical presence. Most find it extremely uncomfortable, but only for Leebig does it reach the level of a phobia. On the other end of the spectrum is Gladia, whose "fear" is purely a product of her social conditioning; whereas other Solarians find seeing more difficult to endure as time goes on (even those whose job requires it), she finds it easier.easier.
** Centuries of being cooped up inside walled cities have given all Earthmen intense agoraphobia (fear of the outdoors), to the point that Daneel fears Baley will panic just from seeing out an open window, and flatly refuses to let him open the top of the convertible car they're in when they first arrive on the planet.
** [[spoiler:Jothan Leebig's]] EvilPlan thoroughly frightens everyone when it becomes public. Though it would have been a powerful military weapon, [[spoiler:in a society wholly dependent on robots, the thought of circumventing the Three Laws]] is enough to instantly turn the majority of Solaria against him.
19th May '16 9:16:42 AM Omeganian
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* ArrangedMarriage: Spouses on Solaria are assigned based on genetic compatibility, and the number of children they produce is mandated according to the planet's PopulationControl. It makes sense, considering it's only for reproduction, and most Solarians are so averse to physical contact that emotional compatibility wouldn't make much of a difference ([[spoiler:Gladia and Rikaine being a notable exception]]).


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* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: Spouses on Solaria are assigned based on genetic compatibility, and the number of children they produce is mandated according to the planet's PopulationControl. It makes sense, considering it's only for reproduction, and most Solarians are so averse to physical contact that emotional compatibility wouldn't make much of a difference ([[spoiler:Gladia and Rikaine being a notable exception]]).
10th Feb '16 7:42:35 AM Synch
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* IndyPloy: Being a stranger on Solaria, with virtually no knowledge of their society or the murder he is supposed to investigate, Baley is forced to improvise for most of the story (much to his discomfort). Fortunately, he knows enough about human behavior to get by even without knowing the Solarians' culture, and he quickly learns that simply maintaining an imposing presence is enough to keep them on the defensive while he figures things out.
9th Feb '16 11:26:59 AM Omeganian
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** [[spoiler:Jothan Leebig's]] EvilPlan is this to just about everyone except him. Though it would have been a powerful military weapon, in a society wholly dependent on robots, the thought of circumventing the Three Laws is enough to instantly turn all of Solaria against him.

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** [[spoiler:Jothan Leebig's]] EvilPlan is this to just about everyone except him. In fact [[spoiler:his enthusiasm during his speech about how useful robots are can easily mean even he isn't an exception.]] Though it would have been a powerful military weapon, in a society wholly dependent on robots, the thought of circumventing the Three Laws is enough to instantly turn all of Solaria against him.
3rd Dec '15 6:25:09 AM Synch
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* ArrangedMarriage: Spouses on Solaria are assigned based on genetic compatibility, and the number of children they produce is mandated according to the planet's PopulationControl. It makes sense, considering it's only for reproduction, and most Solarians are so averse to physical contact that emotional compatibility wouldn't make much of a difference ([[spoiler:Gladia and Rikaine being a notable exception]]).
23rd Nov '15 6:41:02 AM Synch
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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Part of the reason Baley insists on seeing over viewing is to gauge how each interviewee reacts to physical presence. Most find it extremely uncomfortable, but only for Leebig does it reach the level of a phobia. On the other end of the spectrum is Gladia, whose "fear" is purely a product of her social conditioning; whereas other Solarians find seeing more difficult to endure as time goes on (even those whose job requires it), she finds it easier.
20th Nov '15 10:24:07 PM UrthWyrm
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* SleepingSingle: Even spouses rarely come into physical contact with one another.
20th Nov '15 10:22:09 PM UrthWyrm
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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Gladia has no idea why Elijah would have a problem with her being semi-naked. After all, he's only viewing her as a hologram.
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