History Literature / TheShadowOverInnsmouth

25th Jan '18 1:55:20 PM KingLyger
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The narrator's uncle, after learning of his heritage. And the narrator himself, [[SubvertedTrope almost]].]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The narrator's uncle, after learning of his heritage. And the The narrator himself, [[SubvertedTrope almost]].himself considers it at the end of the story, but the corruption of the Deep Ones has infested him enough that he doesn't go through with it.]]



* EldritchAbomination: Indirectly: the Esoteric Order of Dagon worships Cthulhu and there are references to the shoggoths.

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* EldritchAbomination: Indirectly: the The Esoteric Order of Dagon worships Cthulhu Cthulhu, and there are references to the shoggoths.



* FailedASpotCheck: Combined with WhatAnIdiot. See BlindAlley above. [[spoiler: The Deep Ones have an entire huge search party and it ''never'' occurs to them to spread out instead of just all following the railroad? The narrator eventually faints from horror too, so it's not like he was making much effort to hide]].

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* FailedASpotCheck: Combined with WhatAnIdiot. See BlindAlley above. [[spoiler: The Deep Ones have an entire huge search party party, and it ''never'' occurs to them to spread out instead of just all following the railroad? railroad. The narrator eventually faints from horror too, so it's not like he was making much a conscious effort to hide]].hide.]]
5th Jan '18 8:35:52 PM Qube
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* EvilIsNotAToy: Obed Marsh had learned [[spoiler:of the worship of Dagon from Pacific islander natives, (with special interest in the ''practical'' benefits of doing so, namely gold and ample fishing) and had acquired the tools and know-how to call up the Deep Ones for purposes of bargaining, but the islanders never revealed how to hold the Deep Ones at bay before they were wiped out by their neighbors]]. When Innsmouth began showing signs that it was well on its way to becoming a DyingTown, Obed decided to [[spoiler:call up the Deep Ones anyway]], leading to the frightful conditions of Innmouth and its people in the present day.


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* GasLeakCoverUp: Among the many reasons that outsiders fear and shun Innsmouth and its people is talk of a plague that swept through the town and killed all its able-bodied and more "respectable" folk. But according to Zadok Allen, [[spoiler:the cause of all this death was an attack by the Deep Ones, wiping out all who were opposed to the dealings of Obed Marsh and his followers. Those left alive were told to blame all the death on a plague and to shun outsiders [[ImpliedDeathThreat "if they knew what was good for 'em"]]]].
3rd Jan '18 10:18:30 AM LordGro
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* TheCavalry: The U.S. government sends a large number of police officers to investigate Innsmouth, and then arrest and demolish half the town, after the narrator appeals to the authorities about what happened to him there.
2nd Jan '18 5:05:50 AM Bauglir100
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* TheCavalry: The U.S. government sends a large number of police officers to investigate Innsmouth, and then arrest and demolish half the town, after the narrator appeals to the authorities about what happened to him there.



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with [[KillItWithFire fire]] and dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil Reef with a ''submarine''.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The Subverted. Although no police officers are present during the narrator's stay in Innsmouth, the beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with [[KillItWithFire fire]] and dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil Reef with a ''submarine''.
24th Dec '17 5:56:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with [[KillItWithFire fire]] and dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil Reef with a ''submarine''.



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with [[KillItWithFire fire]] and dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil Reef with a ''submarine''.
17th Oct '17 4:22:21 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* DyingAsYourself: The motive for the above.
13th Oct '17 7:49:31 PM Bauglir100
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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil's Reef with a ''submarine''.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with [[KillItWithFire fire]] and dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil's Devil Reef with a ''submarine''.
13th Oct '17 7:39:59 PM Bauglir100
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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted! The beginning explains how as soon as the narrator informed the government about what happened in Innsmouth, policemen arrived there and arrested most of its residents, destroyed half the buildings with dynamite, and even bombarded the Devil's Reef with a ''submarine''.
13th Oct '17 6:15:21 AM IdumeanPatriot
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** This is all rather debatable; even Lovecraft, himself, depicted the Deep Ones as sophisticated, if evil, creatures that have a highly advanced culture, as evidenced by their highly developed artistic skills. Likewise, Y'ha'neth'lei, their home city, is presented as a place of endless, if mind-bending, wonders. The citizens of Innsmouth appear degenerate and pathetic because they have absolutely no care for their existence above water, and eagerly wait to leave their humanity behind for good, so they spend most of their time in drunken stupor.

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** This is all rather debatable; even Lovecraft, himself, depicted the Deep Ones as sophisticated, if evil, creatures that have a highly advanced culture, as evidenced by their highly developed artistic skills. Likewise, Y'ha'neth'lei, Y'ha-nthlei, their home city, is presented as a place of endless, if mind-bending, wonders. The citizens of Innsmouth appear degenerate and pathetic because they have absolutely no care for their existence above water, and eagerly wait to leave their humanity behind for good, so they spend most of their time in drunken stupor.



* ThoseWereOnlyTheirScouts: [[spoiler: While the US military was able to clean up Innsmouth, thus defeating the Deep Ones' invasion attempt, and even managed to damage their base at Y'ha'nth'lei with depth charges, the epilogue reveals that this was more of an inconvenience than a serious setback to the aliens. They are already planning a new operation, and next time they will target a larger and more important city.]]

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* ThoseWereOnlyTheirScouts: [[spoiler: While the US military was able to clean up Innsmouth, thus defeating the Deep Ones' invasion attempt, and even managed to damage their base at Y'ha'nth'lei Y'ha-nthlei with depth charges, the epilogue reveals that this was more of an inconvenience than a serious setback to the aliens. They are already planning a new operation, and next time they will target a larger and more important city.]]
11th Oct '17 2:33:58 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* DyingAsYourself: The motive for the above.
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