History Main / SymbolicMutilation

3rd Jun '17 12:42:13 AM angie710
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A character is mutilated in an explicitly symbolic way. They might not see the truth until they are [[EyeScream blinded]]. A grasping or avaricious character might lose a hand, a vain character may be disfigured, a character who refuses to act may be paralyzed, and one who fails to speak out against injustice might lose their tongue.

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A character is mutilated in an explicitly symbolic way. They might not see the truth until they are [[EyeScream blinded]]. A grasping or avaricious character might lose a hand, a vain character may be disfigured, a character who refuses to act may be paralyzed, a character who committed a sexual offense might have their genitals cut off, and one who fails to speak out against injustice might lose their tongue.
26th May '17 1:41:57 PM Morgenthaler
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-->''[[http://norse-mythology.org/tales/why-odin-is-one-eyed/ The fact that Odin specifically sacrificed an eye is surely significant]]. In all ages, the eye has been �seen� as a poetic symbol for perception in general � consider the astonishing number of expressions, both in everyday usage and in the works of the great canonical poets, that use vision as a metaphor for perceiving and understanding something. Given that Odin�s eye was sacrificed in order to obtain an enhanced perception, it seems highly likely that his pledge of an eye symbolizes trading one mode of perception for another.''

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-->''[[http://norse-mythology.org/tales/why-odin-is-one-eyed/ The fact that Odin specifically sacrificed an eye is surely significant]]. In all ages, the eye has been �seen� "seen" as a poetic symbol for perception in general -- consider the astonishing number of expressions, both in everyday usage and in the works of the great canonical poets, that use vision as a metaphor for perceiving and understanding something. Given that Odin�s Odin's eye was sacrificed in order to obtain an enhanced perception, it seems highly likely that his pledge of an eye symbolizes trading one mode of perception for another.''
26th May '17 1:41:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* One could say that the constant loss of hands and limbs in ''Franchise/StarWars'' represents the loss of control in a situation. From Anakin's hand being cut off by Count Dooku to Luke losing his hand to Vader, it shows the moment when the person who thought they were strong enough to face anything sees that they are really quite powerless.

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* One could say that the constant loss of hands and limbs in ''Franchise/StarWars'' represents the loss of control in a situation. From Anakin's hand being cut off by Count Dooku to Luke losing his hand to Vader, it shows the moment when the person who thought they were strong enough to face anything sees that they are really quite powerless.

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-->''[[http://norse-mythology.org/tales/why-odin-is-one-eyed/ The fact that Odin specifically sacrificed an eye is surely significant]]. In all ages, the eye has been “seen” as a poetic symbol for perception in general – consider the astonishing number of expressions, both in everyday usage and in the works of the great canonical poets, that use vision as a metaphor for perceiving and understanding something. Given that Odin’s eye was sacrificed in order to obtain an enhanced perception, it seems highly likely that his pledge of an eye symbolizes trading one mode of perception for another.''

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-->''[[http://norse-mythology.org/tales/why-odin-is-one-eyed/ The fact that Odin specifically sacrificed an eye is surely significant]]. In all ages, the eye has been “seen” �seen� as a poetic symbol for perception in general consider the astonishing number of expressions, both in everyday usage and in the works of the great canonical poets, that use vision as a metaphor for perceiving and understanding something. Given that Odin’s Odin�s eye was sacrificed in order to obtain an enhanced perception, it seems highly likely that his pledge of an eye symbolizes trading one mode of perception for another.''



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* In Ancient civilizations they used these punishments. You steal or hit your father and get your hand chopped of, kiss a married woman and you lose your lips. Basically the Eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth punishment.

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* In Ancient civilizations they used these punishments. You steal or hit your father and get your hand chopped of, kiss a married woman and you lose your lips. Basically the Eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth punishment.punishment.

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16th Mar '17 3:46:50 PM JoeMerl
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** There's also ''tzaraath,'' which is often translated as "leprosy," but which others believe to be a supernatural ailment only given as divine punishment. According to Mosaic Law, one with ''tzaraath'' has to be quarantined away from people until cured. Since Miriam got it from speaking against Moses, it's often seen as a punishment for gossip and slander--in other words, you try to hurt someone's reputation, and ''you're'' the one who will wind up isolated from other people instead of them.
16th Mar '17 3:42:36 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Invoked}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' In one episode, Dawn becomes depressed to discover that she's not a Potential, so Xander gives her a pep talk, saying that he feels like being the TokenNormal has allowed him to "see" things that the others don't. Apparently [[TheDragon Caleb]] learned about this conversation from his nigh-[[TheOmniscient omniscient]] boss, because later in the season:

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* {{Invoked}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' In one episode, Dawn becomes depressed to discover upon learning that she's not a Potential, so Xander gives her a pep talk, saying that he feels like being the TokenNormal TheTeamNormal has allowed him to "see" things that the others don't. Apparently [[TheDragon Caleb]] learned about this conversation from his nigh-[[TheOmniscient omniscient]] boss, because later in the season:
16th Mar '17 3:40:33 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Invoked}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' In one episode, Dawn becomes depressed to discover that she's not a Potential, so Xander gives her a pep talk, saying that he feels like being the TokenNormal has allowed him to "see" things that the others don't. Apparently [[TheDragon Caleb]] learned about this conversation from his nigh-[[TheOmniscient omniscient]] boss, because later in the season:
-->'''Caleb:''' So, you're the one who sees everything? [[EyeScream Let's see what we can do about that]].
15th Nov '16 6:08:26 PM Katsuhagi
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* The [[KnightTemplar Kyorl'solenurn]] clan of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] when doling out specific types of punishments, and since the clan in general is heavy on the [[BodyMotifs eye symbolism]] it often involves eyes, both literal and figurative, to represent how the guilty has become blind to the Goddess. Itansha was nearly blinded in both eyes after she came into conflict with the clan leaders and went into exile, while Ky'ovarde was one of the clan's {{Seers}} and had one eye put out after the Holy Mother she served was killed as a symbolic stripping of her powers.

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* The [[KnightTemplar Kyorl'solenurn]] clan of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] when doling out specific types of punishments, and since the clan in general is heavy on the [[BodyMotifs eye symbolism]] it often involves eyes, both literal and figurative, to represent how the guilty has become blind to the Goddess. Itansha was nearly blinded in both eyes after she came into conflict with the clan leaders and went into exile, while Ky'ovarde was one of the clan's {{Seers}} and had one eye put out after the Holy Mother she served was killed as a symbolic stripping of her powers.
powers. Heretics are also branded with a forehead marking showing a stitched-shut eye that may be combined with one of these.
5th Mar '16 11:54:36 AM Katsuhagi
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* The [[KnightTemplar Kyorl'solenurn]] clan of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] when doling out specific types of punishments, and since the clan in general is heavy on the [[BodyMotifs eye symbolism]] it often involves eyes, both literal and figurative. Itansha was nearly blinded in both eyes after she came into conflict with the clan leaders and went into exile, while Ky'ovarde was one of the clan's {{Seers}} and had one eye put out after the Holy Mother she served was killed as a symbolic stripping of her powers.

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* The [[KnightTemplar Kyorl'solenurn]] clan of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] when doling out specific types of punishments, and since the clan in general is heavy on the [[BodyMotifs eye symbolism]] it often involves eyes, both literal and figurative.figurative, to represent how the guilty has become blind to the Goddess. Itansha was nearly blinded in both eyes after she came into conflict with the clan leaders and went into exile, while Ky'ovarde was one of the clan's {{Seers}} and had one eye put out after the Holy Mother she served was killed as a symbolic stripping of her powers.
5th Mar '16 11:53:58 AM Katsuhagi
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* The [[KnightTemplar Kyorl'solenurn]] clan of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] when doling out specific types of punishments, and since the clan in general is heavy on the [[BodyMotifs eye symbolism]] it often involves eyes, both literal and figurative. Itansha was nearly blinded in both eyes after she came into conflict with the clan leaders and went into exile, while Ky'ovarde was one of the clan's {{Seers}} and had one eye put out after the Holy Mother she served was killed as a symbolic stripping of her powers.
4th Mar '16 10:18:07 AM R1ck
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* May or may not be the case with George Lucas' apparent obsession with having the two ''Franchise/StarWars'' protagonist's hands chopped off.
* Lee from ''Film/{{Secretary}}''.

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* May or may not be One could say that the case with George Lucas' apparent obsession with having the two constant loss of hands and limbs in ''Franchise/StarWars'' protagonist's hands chopped off.
* Lee from ''Film/{{Secretary}}''.
represents the loss of control in a situation. From Anakin's hand being cut off by Count Dooku to Luke losing his hand to Vader, it shows the moment when the person who thought they were strong enough to face anything sees that they are really quite powerless.
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