History Literature / TheUnknownSoldier

24th Apr '18 3:02:57 AM Divra
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* TheNeidermeyer: Staff Sergeant Sinkkonen. Double Subverted by Captain Lammio, who is a strict martinet with NoSocialSkills and an ego the size of a small nation. He is also an insanely brave soldier and efficient leader, but his complete lack of weaknesses along with his other traits does nothing to endear him to the rank-and-file.

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* TheNeidermeyer: A whole bunch, along with some subversions.
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Staff Sergeant Sinkkonen. Double Subverted by Sinkkonen is a loudmouthed martinet, and a barrack-room Ranger of the first degree.
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Captain Lammio, who Lammio is a strict martinet with NoSocialSkills and an ego the size of a small nation. He is also an insanely brave soldier and efficient leader, but his complete lack of weaknesses along with his other traits does nothing to endear him to the rank-and-file.
** Corporal Lehto is also brave and competent, but he is anti-social, vaguely psychotic and bullies everyone he thinks he can get away with bullying mercilessly. His men follow him because he frightens them more than the Russians do.
16th Feb '18 7:53:39 PM MaiaMaiden
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* TheFool: Private Salo. He's neither particularly bad or particularly good soldier, filling his place as needed. However, he comes from a region which in stereotypes is known for its brave, overtly masculine heroes, and Salo would like to try to live up to these expectations. Only he lacks the required courage to walk his talk. Also he's the most naive one of the platoon, always eager to believe the war propaganda or the shrewd cunning of the Soviet prisoners and civilians, even when the others have long ago accepted that the war will be lost, causing others to mock him for it.

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* TheFool: TheDitz: Private Salo. He's neither particularly bad or particularly good soldier, filling his place as needed. However, he comes from a region which in stereotypes is known for its brave, overtly masculine heroes, and Salo would like to try to live up to these expectations. Only he lacks the required courage to walk is characterized by his talk. Also he's the most naive one of the platoon, always eager naivety and tendency to believe the nonsense. He genuinely believes in war propaganda or and the shrewd cunning of idealistic drivel thrown at them. He also takes very seriously the Soviet NationalStereotypes about his own home region as the home of brave heroic warriors. He believes whatever the prisoners and civilians, even when of war or the local civilians tell them to get their way. The others have long ago accepted that the war will be lost, causing others to mercilessly mock him for it.his naivety.
14th Feb '18 2:03:07 AM MaiaMaiden
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* CurbStompBattle: First Finland and Nazi Germany deliver this to the Soviet Union. Then the tables are turned... The third act of the novel is basically the main characters taking beating after a beating to the point of ceasing to have any shame at running away from the enemy. Even those who would like to try to stand and fight don't bother too much, because they know that even if they hold their ground, the guys next to them will give in and flee. This is incredibly stressful and demoralizing to the officers, who are trying to organize defense, but nothing works when the men lack the will to fight.

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* CurbStompBattle: First Finland and Nazi Germany deliver this to the Soviet Union. Then the tables are turned... The third act of the novel is basically the main characters taking beating after a beating to the point of ceasing to have any shame at running away from the enemy. Even those who would like to try to stand and fight don't bother too much, because they know that even if they hold their ground, the guys next to them will give in and flee. This is incredibly stressful and demoralizing to the officers, who are trying to organize defense, but nothing works when the men lack the will to fight.


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* LosingTheTeamSpirit: The third act of the novel is basically the main characters taking beating after a beating to the point of ceasing to have any shame at running away from the enemy. Even those who would like to try to stand and fight don't bother too much, because they know that even if they hold their ground, the guys next to them will give in and flee. This is incredibly stressful and demoralizing to the officers, who are trying to organize defense, but nothing works when the men lack the will to fight.
13th Feb '18 6:47:26 PM MaiaMaiden
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* LastNameBasis: By rule the characters call each other by their surname, even if they were close companions who have fought side by side for years. The cases of FirstNameBasis therefore stand out as signs of special closeness. Koskela is called Ville sometimes by his men and always by Kariluoto, and Rokka and Susi call each other Antti and Tassu respectively.
13th Feb '18 12:28:51 PM MaiaMaiden
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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Many if not most of the characters are inspired by or composites of the actual people Linna knew during the war. Two of them - Rokka and Koskela - were meant to be [[CaptainErsatz direct literary counterparts]] of two men he knew there; Viljam Pylkäs and Einari Kokkonen, respectively.
13th Feb '18 12:24:44 PM MaiaMaiden
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* TheCynic: Corporal Lahtinen. He not only has a very cynical view of the world and the human societies, he's also the resident GrumpyBear who at the times of success and general excitement seemingly enjoys bringing others down with ominous predictions of future difficulties.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: We'll now interrupt your action filled war story with an episode of our boys lazying around in an occupied city. The characters would have preferred never to return back to the old formula!

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: We'll now interrupt your action filled war story with an episode of our boys lazying around in an occupied city.city and romancing the local women. The characters would have preferred never to return back to the old formula!
13th Feb '18 12:11:49 PM MaiaMaiden
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* ADayInTheLimelight: With the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters EnsembleCast, nobody gets to keep the limelight all the time, but number of characters get to have their moment or moments. Kariluoto stands out, as he's not actually part of Koskela's platoon that the story is following, but who gets many scenes and sequences dedicated to him both at the beginning and near the end of the tale.



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Mäkilä]] is cut in half by a grenade when he tries to bring the men their food the field kitchen. The same grenade also kills the horse pulling the cart and the next one pours soil on them as if in a burial.

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Mäkilä]] is cut in half by a grenade when he tries to bring the men their food the field kitchen.food. The same grenade also kills the horse pulling the cart and the next one pours soil on them as if in a burial.


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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Lehto and Riitaoja]] are important characters in the first act, and the first central characters to die, only one-thirds to the story. [[spoiler:Lahtinen]] is likewise central character, but dies halfway in the second act.


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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: We'll now interrupt your action filled war story with an episode of our boys lazying around in an occupied city. The characters would have preferred never to return back to the old formula!


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* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Lehto and Riitaoja.]] After spending their story arc being in constant conflict, they die at the same time and place. Others lay their bodies next to each other and cover them with their great coats, and then carry on, leaving them to lay peacefully side by side in the autumnal forest.
13th Feb '18 11:54:44 AM MaiaMaiden
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The characters have encircled a lonely Soviet soldier into a thicket when to their dismay they hear him sobbing. Then a grenade goes off and they they find out that [[{{Gorn}} he blew himself up]].


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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Mäkilä]] is cut in half by a grenade when he tries to bring the men their food the field kitchen. The same grenade also kills the horse pulling the cart and the next one pours soil on them as if in a burial.


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* SacrificialLamb: Private Kaukonen. During the first real battle, the narrator follows Kaukonen's actions and thoughts... only to have him abruptly shot. His dead body is the first time the other characters get to experience the sight of their own dead, and makes strong impression on them. Later on he and his death is mentioned only twice, years later by the narrator.


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* WeHardlyKnewYe: Private Salonen, who has a short appearance at the very beginning, but is mentioned next time only when he dies. His death makes bigger impression on the other characters, who are shocked by it.
13th Feb '18 11:38:17 AM MaiaMaiden
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* BlackComedy: After Lehto murders a prisoner of war and others, having heard the shot and the cry, come to see what happened: ''"What did he do?"'' ''"Died."''
13th Feb '18 11:34:19 AM MaiaMaiden
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* AngerBornOfWorry: Hietanen, yelling at the NewMeat who immediately forgets his instructions.

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* AngerBornOfWorry: Hietanen, yelling at the NewMeat who immediately forgets forgot his instructions.
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