History Literature / TheUnderneath

1st Oct '17 3:41:58 PM Dravencour
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1st Oct '17 3:40:54 PM Dravencour
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* IronicEcho:Throughout the book, Grandmother Moccasin repeats to herself, "There is a price." [[spoiler:In the end, she realizes the price isn't a punishment for her betrayal. The price was sorrow, sorrow for interfering with love. Before she dies]], she realizes that her words are true, but not in the way she thought.

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* IronicEcho:Throughout IronicEcho: Throughout the book, Grandmother Moccasin repeats to herself, "There is a price." [[spoiler:In the end, she realizes the price isn't a punishment for her betrayal. The price was sorrow, sorrow for interfering with love. Before she dies]], she realizes that her words are true, but not in the way she thought.


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* {{Xenofiction}}: Pretty much all of this book is from the perspective of animals.
5th Apr '16 4:02:27 PM molokai198
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* AfterlifeAntechamber: The hummingbird [[spoiler:AKA Night Song and Hawk Man's daughter]] serves as this, as the messenger to the recently dead who guides them to a vague afterlife.


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* CruellaToAnimals: Gar Face is a bit too happy about abusing and killing various animals.


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* EmergencyTransformation: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when [[spoiler:Hawk Man]] is slowly dying form grandmother's venom, but refuses to shape shift to heal himself because it would ModeLock him into [[spoiler:a hawk]] and thus allow him not to [[spoiler:see Night Song again, since he's still holding out the hope that she will come back.]]
* ExitPursuedByABear: [[spoiler:Gar Face]] ends up [[spoiler:being eaten by the alligator king when he tries to kill him.]]


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* OrphansOrdeal: Very much so. Puck goes through a lot after losing his family [[spoiler:with one of his parents being dead]], as well as [[spoiler:Hawk Man and Night Song's daughter.]]


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* SerpentOfImmortality: Grandmother is a lamia trapped in snake form who is thousands of years old.


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* StrongerWithAge: Why the alligator king is so huge.
7th Mar '16 2:11:29 PM molokai198
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* NearlyNormalAnimals: Most of the cast is this.

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* NearlyNormalAnimals: NearlyNormalAnimal: Most of the cast is this.
7th Mar '16 2:11:16 PM molokai198
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* AbusiveParents: Gar Face's father, who [[spoiler:scarred his face, thus his name.]]
* CuteKitten: Puck and Sabine, though their cute antics don't end well for them.
* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Night Song]] after she is [[spoiler:unable to see Hawk Man thanks to ModeLock.]]


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* ModeLock: All shapeshifters can only transform into a human and back once, after which they are stuck in their animal form permanently.
* MutualKill: While not strictly deadly for one side, [[spoiler:Hawk Man]] manages to lock Night Song in a jar while being hit by her venom.
* NearlyNormalAnimals: Most of the cast is this.


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* SealedEvilInACan: Grandmother has been trapped in a jar for a thousand years.
* SnakesAreSinister: Grandmother at times, [[spoiler:tricking her daughter into transforming permanently into her snake form to keep her away from Hawk Man]], though she regrets [[spoiler:her daughter's resulting death]] and ultimately [[spoiler:breaks Ranger's chain.]] Night Song, on the other hand, is clearly not sinister.
* StarCrossedLovers: Night Song and Hawk Man. Grandmother is ''not'' happy with their relationship.
* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: The plot is split between the family at the Underneath, [[spoiler:Puck, while he is alone after Gar face tries to kill him]] and Grandmother's story from a thousand years ago, which only connects to the main plot much later in the story.
14th Feb '16 7:30:27 PM MadMan400096
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* DeathByNewberyMedal: [[spoiler: The kittens' mother.]]
14th Mar '13 6:43:23 PM MadMan400096
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With themes of loss, love, and mystery, the book is filled with {{Tear Jerker}}s all the way though the novel.

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With themes of loss, love, and mystery, the book is filled with {{Tear Jerker}}s all the way though the novel.Jerker}}s.
9th Oct '12 7:21:04 PM Koraki
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* [[spoiler:DeathByNewberyMedal]]: The kittens' mother.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not much of one, though, because even before that he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.

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* [[spoiler:DeathByNewberyMedal]]: DeathByNewberyMedal: [[spoiler: The kittens' mother.
mother.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's Gar-Face is somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not much of one, though, because even before that he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.
31st Aug '12 10:02:16 PM Witchdoctr
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* IronicEcho:Throughout the book, Grandmother Moccasin repeats to herself, "There is a price." [[spoiler:In the end, she realizes the price isn't a punishment for her betrayal. The price was sorrow, sorrow for interfering with love. Before she dies]], she realizes that her words are true, but not in the way she thought.
31st Aug '12 9:56:53 PM Witchdoctr
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* CompleteMonster: Obviously, the guy who [[spoiler:throws two cats in a bag into a river]]. He also abuses and neglects his dog just because of one slip-up.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not saying much, though, because even before that, he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.

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* CompleteMonster: Obviously, the guy who [[spoiler:throws two cats in a bag into a river]]. He also abuses and neglects his dog just because of one slip-up.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not saying much, much of one, though, because even before that, that he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother. mother.
* HeelFaceTurn: A very heartwarming one. [[spoiler:"Grandmother, who had spent a thousand years in a jar, had finally chosen love. This time she did what she could to help it along." She'd broken the chain tying Ranger to the tree.]]
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