History Main / TheRedTent

22nd Feb '14 4:38:25 PM ArenaL5
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:333:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheRedTent_1835.jpg]]
''The Red Tent'' is a novel written by Anita Diamant, which expands on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah the story of Dinah]] in the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Genesis.]] The original Bible story is about a young girl who was raped by a prince, and her brothers [[RapeAndRevenge killed every man in the prince's city-state for it.]] Diamant's novel expands on the story, and tells it from Dinah's perspective. Her encounter with the prince, for example, is not a rape in Diamant's novel; it was loving and consensual. The story narrates Dinah's life, such as spending time with the women of her family in a red tent designated for their "time of the month."

!!Tropes associated with ''The Red Tent'' include:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Possibly Zilpah (though she could also be [[{{Asexuality}} asexual)]]
* AncientEgypt: Dinah starts a new life there with her mother-in-law and a servant after her husband is killed.
* TheAlcoholic: Laban
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InvokedTrope. These are Biblical characters, but forget what you were taught about them in Sunday school.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: At least Rachel thinks so
* TheBeautifulElite: Rachel.
* BellyDancer: When Dinah comes of age, the women celebrate in the Red Tent. In particular, Ahavah (one of her sisters-in-law) is described as dancing with her pregnant belly.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Laban has a habit of "bothering the sheep."
* BibleTimes
* BigScrewedUpFamily: After the destruction of the Shechemites, Jacob's family becomes this.
** Um, like it wasn't before?
* BittersweetEnding: Dinah dies peacefully in her old age, surrounded and mourned by her new family, although what's left of her old family barely acknowledges that she ever existed.
* BreakTheCutie
* BridePrice: Jacob demands an outrageous bride price for his only daughter (which Prince Shalem is both willing and able to pay), which sets into motion the unfortunate turn of events that takes place next.
* BrokenBird: Rebecca's reason for being so emotionally distant and surrounding herself by [[WomanInWhite white-clad]] veiled servants all named "Deborah" is [[spoiler: The loss of her nursemaid, Deborah]]
* ButNotTooBlack: Bilhah
* ButNotTooForeign: Dinah takes on an Egyptianized version of her name, Den-ner, when she becomes a respected midwife there.
* CallingTheOldManOut
* CharacterDevelopment: Rachel starts off as a real [[{{Tsundere}} diva]], but as she finds her purpose (midwifery), she becomes more mature.
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: Very much averted.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rachel
* CloserToEarth
* ComingOfAge
* CovertPervert: Dinah takes interest in listening to her older brother and his wife at night.
** Also, her otherwise very respectable mother Leah makes lots of dirty jokes in the company of the other women in the Red Tent.
* ADateWithRosiePalms
* DeathByChildbirth
* DefiledForever: As evidenced by her brothers' [[HonorRelatedAbuse nasty name-calling]], Dinah is [[MyGirlIsNotASlut regarded as this]] in their eyes for her sexual relationship with Prince Shalem.
* DespairEventHorizon: The death of Prince Shalem
** Also, the destruction of the Teraphim by Jacob
* [[NaughtyByNight Different In Private]]: The women act differently in the privacy of the Red Tent than they otherwise do. They are more outgoing, and they serve the goddesses of their homeland (rather than the [[{{God}} God of Jacob)]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Zilpah
* DomesticAbuse: Laban treats Ruti so horribly that she [[spoiler: has an abortion so that she won't give him another child]]
** Also, Bilhah is badly beaten by Jacob after he caught her sleeping with Reuben.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* DrivenToMadness: This happens to Zilpah when Jacob destroys the Teraphim. [[spoiler: She becomes physically ill as well, and dies as a result.]]
** This is also how Jacob's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob%27s_ladder vision of the angels on the stairs]] (and famed fight with an angel) is viewed by the other characters in Diamant's novel.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ruti slits her wrists after years of suffering under Laban]] Also [[spoiler: one of Simon's sons when he learns that his father won his mother by murdering every man in Shechem]].
* TheEmpath: Bilhah
* FaceHeelTurn: Jacob starts off as a genuinely nice, caring person, but as he gains more and more wealth and status, it kind of goes to his head.
* FairFolk: This is what Zilpah hopes she's carrying: a daughter (perhaps some kind of demi-goddess) who will come out fully-formed and magical. [[spoiler: She ends up having twin boys instead, though it almost kills her.]]
* {{Fanfiction}}: It's Diamant's take on a Bibical story, portrayed as "the other side of the story")
* FourthDateMarriage: Dinah has just met Prince Shalem, and shortly afterward, they are a married couple.
* GagPenis: Zilpah tells Rachel that Jacob has one of these, to make her afraid to go to the marriage bed so Leah can go instead.
* GenerationXerox: After Bilhah is flogged for sleeping with Reuben, she runs away (and is thought to have committed suicide), just like her own MissingMom.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. [[spoiler:Ruti induces a miscarriage so as not to give her husband another child (that he'll probably just abuse) and the other women understand her choice]].
* HartmanHips: Leah
* HollywoodHomely: Leah (described in the Bible as being rather plain compared to Rachel) is [[InformedFlaw considered this]] because one of her eyes is green and one is blue, something she feels very self-conscious about. [[spoiler: Only because people used to tease her about it, and she only displays signs of self-consciousness around men.]] [[invoked]]
** Also, years of bearing children and nursing take a toll on her.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Granddaughter]]: Rebecca not only kicks her daughter-in-law out for not performing the Ritual of Opening for Tabea, but [[JerkAss sends Tabea off with her]], even though it wasn't Tabea's fault.
* IllGirl: Adah, in her old age
** Also Leah, who wakes up completely paralyzed one day, with no explanation
** And Zilpah, after she crosses the DespairEventHorizon and is DrivenToMadness
* InsatiableNewlyweds
* IntergenerationalFriendship
* JerkAss: Laban, but also Simon and Levi
* KarmaHoudini: Dinah's brothers. They get a WhatTheHellHero, and in Literature/TheBible get their inheritance divided, but that's barely a slap on the wrist for destroying a whole village simply because they were worried for their status when their sister got involved with a prince.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Simon and Levi
* LawOfInverseFertility: Leah conceives very easily, but Rachel does not, despite trying every trick Inna has up her sleeves.
* {{Lolicon}}: [[ValuesDissonance Well, we would call it lolicon today.]] Inna helps a (married) girl through a [[DeconstructedTrope difficult birth]], [[spoiler: she doesn't make it]], and Inna bitterly comments later that the girl was too young to go through that.
** Later, Dinah helps out with a similar situation, and lashes out at the girl's husband for marrying her and impregnating her so early in life.
* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Her In A Game Of Chance]]: Laban gambles away Ruti. [[spoiler: Leah and Jacob work together to rescue her, though.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LoveInterest: Prince Shalem
* LoveTriangle: Between Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
* MamaBear: Adah
* TheMedic: Inna. Later, Dinah becomes this as she becomes a respected midwife along with her friend Meryt.
* MercyKilling: [[spoiler: Leah begs for poison, rather than live with her unexplained paralysis, and her servant girls oblige.]]
* {{Miko}}: Zilpah has assumed this role in her family, in a way.
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: Inverted at the end]]
* TheMurderAfter: Subverted, as Dinah is not the suspect; she at first doesn't know who killed Shalem, but it's revealed that it was her brothers.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Jacob]], although (in all fairness) he did not directly orchestrate the events surrounding the destruction of the Shechemites. He only requested an outrageous bride price, after his favorite son Joseph suggested having the men circumcised when Simon complained about how "that uncircumcised dog" was lying with Dinah. The rest was all his sons' doing, which he does [[WhatTheHellHero call them out for.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dinah's brothers believe they are [[RapeAndRevenge avenging a rape]] and saving her, and that's not the case in the novel.
** Even before that, when [[spoiler: Leah and Jacob work together to rescue Ruti from being taken away when her husband lost her in a bet.]] Sure, she gets to stay with her family, but her husband starts treating her even worse than he did before.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; menstruation brings the women into the red tent, and brings them together. They regard it as a gift from the goddess Innana, that allows [[IncrediblyLamePun periodic]] renewal.
* NoPreggerSex: Although this is the customary rule, it was averted during Rachel's pregnancy with Joseph.
* NotSoDifferent: Jacob and Esau
* ParentalAbandonment: Bilhah's biological [[MissingMom mother]] ran away from Laban, leaving Bilhah behind.
* ParentalIncest: Laban molested his daughters (but stopped after his wife punished him severely for it)
* ParentsAsPeople: Jacob focuses more on his 12 sons than on his daughter, and Leah sometimes loses her patience with Dinah
* PoisonousFriend: Jacob becomes corrupt and greedy after he starts listening to Simon and Levi instead of Leah and Reuben.
* {{Polyamory}}: Just as in the {{Canon}} Bible story, but this time portrayed as orchestrated by the girls themselves (not Laban tricking Jacob into marrying his ChristmasCake Leah). Also, Jacob actually does love and care for his wives (well, in the beginning anyway), although Rachel is still his favorite.
* ThePowerOfBlood
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove
* PregnantBadass: Dinah, by this time a seasoned midwife, has the presence of mind to [[spoiler: perform an episiotomy ''on herself'' as she struggles through a difficult birth]]
* RapeAsDrama: Poor Werenro...
* RiteOfPassage: The Ritual of Opening
* TheQuietOne: Bilhah. Dinah is arguably this, particularly after she [[DespairEventHorizon loses her husband.]]
* SecondLove: [[spoiler: Benia]]
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Considering that the girl undergoing the ritual is masturbated with a small idol...
* ScreamingBirth
* ShownTheirWork: A lot of research on Ancient Mesopotamia went into this particular novel.
** Subverted, however, because Inanna was ''not'' a Mother Goddess. Although sometimes invoked for protection during childbirth and for increasing fertility, she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inanna was associated with romantic/sexual love and with war]], not family and motherhood. Yet here she is portrayed as being The Great Mother.
** Also, no record of a Ritual of Opening is known from here. (And considering that Mesopotamian culture was very patriarchal, with women viewed as property to be "purchased" at marriage and their "honor" held as a reflection of their men's honor, it's not likely that such a ritual actually existed there. But ItMakesSenseInContext for the purpose of the story.)
* ShrinkingViolet: Bilhah
* SiblingRivalry: Rachel and Leah (though not to the same degree as the Biblical story)
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Dinah is left pregnant with Shalem's son, [[spoiler: but is forbidden by Shalem's grieving mother to even acknowledge the child as Shalem's.]]
* {{Squick}}: The childbirth scenes are described in great detail. [[invoked]]
** Also, the Ritual of Opening, wherein a girl's hymen is broken at her first period with a sacred object called a Teraphim, to offer the resultant blood to Innana.
* TeamMom: Leah. Also Inna
* ThisIsMyStory: The story begins thusly: "We have been lost to each other for so long. My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust" and continues in this vein for some time.
* {{Tsundere}}: Zilpah, Adah, Leah, Rachel
* TheUnfairSex: Most men in the story (with a couple of exceptions, such as Prince Shalem and Benia) are portrayed as selfish, arrogant, greedy, power-hungry jerks.
* TheUnfavorite: Just as in {{Canon}}, Leah, although it is clear that she is still loved and cared for, and Jacob is still attracted to her. (Just not on the same level as Rachel.)
** Also Bilhah, who tends to be somewhat of a loner from the very beginning
* [[VainSorceress Vain Priestess]] Rebecca
* ValuesDissonance: The women of Padan-Aram, who do the Ritual of Opening and celebrate the New Moon together, contrasted to the women of Canaan, who "prove" their virginity to their in-laws with the bloody sheets of the wedding night and are not familiar with the New Moon rituals. [[invoked]]
* WomensMysteries

to:

[[quoteright:333:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheRedTent_1835.jpg]]
''The Red Tent'' is a novel written by Anita Diamant, which expands on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah the story of Dinah]] in the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Genesis.]] The original Bible story is about a young girl who was raped by a prince, and her brothers [[RapeAndRevenge killed every man in the prince's city-state for it.]] Diamant's novel expands on the story, and tells it from Dinah's perspective. Her encounter with the prince, for example, is not a rape in Diamant's novel; it was loving and consensual. The story narrates Dinah's life, such as spending time with the women of her family in a red tent designated for their "time of the month."

!!Tropes associated with ''The Red Tent'' include:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Possibly Zilpah (though she could also be [[{{Asexuality}} asexual)]]
* AncientEgypt: Dinah starts a new life there with her mother-in-law and a servant after her husband is killed.
* TheAlcoholic: Laban
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InvokedTrope. These are Biblical characters, but forget what you were taught about them in Sunday school.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: At least Rachel thinks so
* TheBeautifulElite: Rachel.
* BellyDancer: When Dinah comes of age, the women celebrate in the Red Tent. In particular, Ahavah (one of her sisters-in-law) is described as dancing with her pregnant belly.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Laban has a habit of "bothering the sheep."
* BibleTimes
* BigScrewedUpFamily: After the destruction of the Shechemites, Jacob's family becomes this.
** Um, like it wasn't before?
* BittersweetEnding: Dinah dies peacefully in her old age, surrounded and mourned by her new family, although what's left of her old family barely acknowledges that she ever existed.
* BreakTheCutie
* BridePrice: Jacob demands an outrageous bride price for his only daughter (which Prince Shalem is both willing and able to pay), which sets into motion the unfortunate turn of events that takes place next.
* BrokenBird: Rebecca's reason for being so emotionally distant and surrounding herself by [[WomanInWhite white-clad]] veiled servants all named "Deborah" is [[spoiler: The loss of her nursemaid, Deborah]]
* ButNotTooBlack: Bilhah
* ButNotTooForeign: Dinah takes on an Egyptianized version of her name, Den-ner, when she becomes a respected midwife there.
* CallingTheOldManOut
* CharacterDevelopment: Rachel starts off as a real [[{{Tsundere}} diva]], but as she finds her purpose (midwifery), she becomes more mature.
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: Very much averted.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rachel
* CloserToEarth
* ComingOfAge
* CovertPervert: Dinah takes interest in listening to her older brother and his wife at night.
** Also, her otherwise very respectable mother Leah makes lots of dirty jokes in the company of the other women in the Red Tent.
* ADateWithRosiePalms
* DeathByChildbirth
* DefiledForever: As evidenced by her brothers' [[HonorRelatedAbuse nasty name-calling]], Dinah is [[MyGirlIsNotASlut regarded as this]] in their eyes for her sexual relationship with Prince Shalem.
* DespairEventHorizon: The death of Prince Shalem
** Also, the destruction of the Teraphim by Jacob
* [[NaughtyByNight Different In Private]]: The women act differently in the privacy of the Red Tent than they otherwise do. They are more outgoing, and they serve the goddesses of their homeland (rather than the [[{{God}} God of Jacob)]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Zilpah
* DomesticAbuse: Laban treats Ruti so horribly that she [[spoiler: has an abortion so that she won't give him another child]]
** Also, Bilhah is badly beaten by Jacob after he caught her sleeping with Reuben.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* DrivenToMadness: This happens to Zilpah when Jacob destroys the Teraphim. [[spoiler: She becomes physically ill as well, and dies as a result.]]
** This is also how Jacob's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob%27s_ladder vision of the angels on the stairs]] (and famed fight with an angel) is viewed by the other characters in Diamant's novel.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ruti slits her wrists after years of suffering under Laban]] Also [[spoiler: one of Simon's sons when he learns that his father won his mother by murdering every man in Shechem]].
* TheEmpath: Bilhah
* FaceHeelTurn: Jacob starts off as a genuinely nice, caring person, but as he gains more and more wealth and status, it kind of goes to his head.
* FairFolk: This is what Zilpah hopes she's carrying: a daughter (perhaps some kind of demi-goddess) who will come out fully-formed and magical. [[spoiler: She ends up having twin boys instead, though it almost kills her.]]
* {{Fanfiction}}: It's Diamant's take on a Bibical story, portrayed as "the other side of the story")
* FourthDateMarriage: Dinah has just met Prince Shalem, and shortly afterward, they are a married couple.
* GagPenis: Zilpah tells Rachel that Jacob has one of these, to make her afraid to go to the marriage bed so Leah can go instead.
* GenerationXerox: After Bilhah is flogged for sleeping with Reuben, she runs away (and is thought to have committed suicide), just like her own MissingMom.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. [[spoiler:Ruti induces a miscarriage so as not to give her husband another child (that he'll probably just abuse) and the other women understand her choice]].
* HartmanHips: Leah
* HollywoodHomely: Leah (described in the Bible as being rather plain compared to Rachel) is [[InformedFlaw considered this]] because one of her eyes is green and one is blue, something she feels very self-conscious about. [[spoiler: Only because people used to tease her about it, and she only displays signs of self-consciousness around men.]] [[invoked]]
** Also, years of bearing children and nursing take a toll on her.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Granddaughter]]: Rebecca not only kicks her daughter-in-law out for not performing the Ritual of Opening for Tabea, but [[JerkAss sends Tabea off with her]], even though it wasn't Tabea's fault.
* IllGirl: Adah, in her old age
** Also Leah, who wakes up completely paralyzed one day, with no explanation
** And Zilpah, after she crosses the DespairEventHorizon and is DrivenToMadness
* InsatiableNewlyweds
* IntergenerationalFriendship
* JerkAss: Laban, but also Simon and Levi
* KarmaHoudini: Dinah's brothers. They get a WhatTheHellHero, and in Literature/TheBible get their inheritance divided, but that's barely a slap on the wrist for destroying a whole village simply because they were worried for their status when their sister got involved with a prince.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Simon and Levi
* LawOfInverseFertility: Leah conceives very easily, but Rachel does not, despite trying every trick Inna has up her sleeves.
* {{Lolicon}}: [[ValuesDissonance Well, we would call it lolicon today.]] Inna helps a (married) girl through a [[DeconstructedTrope difficult birth]], [[spoiler: she doesn't make it]], and Inna bitterly comments later that the girl was too young to go through that.
** Later, Dinah helps out with a similar situation, and lashes out at the girl's husband for marrying her and impregnating her so early in life.
* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Her In A Game Of Chance]]: Laban gambles away Ruti. [[spoiler: Leah and Jacob work together to rescue her, though.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LoveInterest: Prince Shalem
* LoveTriangle: Between Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
* MamaBear: Adah
* TheMedic: Inna. Later, Dinah becomes this as she becomes a respected midwife along with her friend Meryt.
* MercyKilling: [[spoiler: Leah begs for poison, rather than live with her unexplained paralysis, and her servant girls oblige.]]
* {{Miko}}: Zilpah has assumed this role in her family, in a way.
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: Inverted at the end]]
* TheMurderAfter: Subverted, as Dinah is not the suspect; she at first doesn't know who killed Shalem, but it's revealed that it was her brothers.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Jacob]], although (in all fairness) he did not directly orchestrate the events surrounding the destruction of the Shechemites. He only requested an outrageous bride price, after his favorite son Joseph suggested having the men circumcised when Simon complained about how "that uncircumcised dog" was lying with Dinah. The rest was all his sons' doing, which he does [[WhatTheHellHero call them out for.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dinah's brothers believe they are [[RapeAndRevenge avenging a rape]] and saving her, and that's not the case in the novel.
** Even before that, when [[spoiler: Leah and Jacob work together to rescue Ruti from being taken away when her husband lost her in a bet.]] Sure, she gets to stay with her family, but her husband starts treating her even worse than he did before.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; menstruation brings the women into the red tent, and brings them together. They regard it as a gift from the goddess Innana, that allows [[IncrediblyLamePun periodic]] renewal.
* NoPreggerSex: Although this is the customary rule, it was averted during Rachel's pregnancy with Joseph.
* NotSoDifferent: Jacob and Esau
* ParentalAbandonment: Bilhah's biological [[MissingMom mother]] ran away from Laban, leaving Bilhah behind.
* ParentalIncest: Laban molested his daughters (but stopped after his wife punished him severely for it)
* ParentsAsPeople: Jacob focuses more on his 12 sons than on his daughter, and Leah sometimes loses her patience with Dinah
* PoisonousFriend: Jacob becomes corrupt and greedy after he starts listening to Simon and Levi instead of Leah and Reuben.
* {{Polyamory}}: Just as in the {{Canon}} Bible story, but this time portrayed as orchestrated by the girls themselves (not Laban tricking Jacob into marrying his ChristmasCake Leah). Also, Jacob actually does love and care for his wives (well, in the beginning anyway), although Rachel is still his favorite.
* ThePowerOfBlood
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove
* PregnantBadass: Dinah, by this time a seasoned midwife, has the presence of mind to [[spoiler: perform an episiotomy ''on herself'' as she struggles through a difficult birth]]
* RapeAsDrama: Poor Werenro...
* RiteOfPassage: The Ritual of Opening
* TheQuietOne: Bilhah. Dinah is arguably this, particularly after she [[DespairEventHorizon loses her husband.]]
* SecondLove: [[spoiler: Benia]]
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Considering that the girl undergoing the ritual is masturbated with a small idol...
* ScreamingBirth
* ShownTheirWork: A lot of research on Ancient Mesopotamia went into this particular novel.
** Subverted, however, because Inanna was ''not'' a Mother Goddess. Although sometimes invoked for protection during childbirth and for increasing fertility, she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inanna was associated with romantic/sexual love and with war]], not family and motherhood. Yet here she is portrayed as being The Great Mother.
** Also, no record of a Ritual of Opening is known from here. (And considering that Mesopotamian culture was very patriarchal, with women viewed as property to be "purchased" at marriage and their "honor" held as a reflection of their men's honor, it's not likely that such a ritual actually existed there. But ItMakesSenseInContext for the purpose of the story.)
* ShrinkingViolet: Bilhah
* SiblingRivalry: Rachel and Leah (though not to the same degree as the Biblical story)
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Dinah is left pregnant with Shalem's son, [[spoiler: but is forbidden by Shalem's grieving mother to even acknowledge the child as Shalem's.]]
* {{Squick}}: The childbirth scenes are described in great detail. [[invoked]]
** Also, the Ritual of Opening, wherein a girl's hymen is broken at her first period with a sacred object called a Teraphim, to offer the resultant blood to Innana.
* TeamMom: Leah. Also Inna
* ThisIsMyStory: The story begins thusly: "We have been lost to each other for so long. My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust" and continues in this vein for some time.
* {{Tsundere}}: Zilpah, Adah, Leah, Rachel
* TheUnfairSex: Most men in the story (with a couple of exceptions, such as Prince Shalem and Benia) are portrayed as selfish, arrogant, greedy, power-hungry jerks.
* TheUnfavorite: Just as in {{Canon}}, Leah, although it is clear that she is still loved and cared for, and Jacob is still attracted to her. (Just not on the same level as Rachel.)
** Also Bilhah, who tends to be somewhat of a loner from the very beginning
* [[VainSorceress Vain Priestess]] Rebecca
* ValuesDissonance: The women of Padan-Aram, who do the Ritual of Opening and celebrate the New Moon together, contrasted to the women of Canaan, who "prove" their virginity to their in-laws with the bloody sheets of the wedding night and are not familiar with the New Moon rituals. [[invoked]]
* WomensMysteries
[[redirect:Literature/TheRedTent]]
24th Jan '14 3:58:02 PM TastySauce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


''TheRedTent'' is a novel written by Anita Diamant, which expands on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah the story of Dinah]] in the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Genesis.]] The original Bible story is about a young girl who was raped by a prince, and her brothers [[RapeAndRevenge killed every man in the prince's city-state for it.]] Diamant's novel expands on the story, and tells it from Dinah's perspective. Her encounter with the prince, for example, is not a rape in Diamant's novel; it was loving and consensual. The story narrates Dinah's life, such as spending time with the women of her family in a red tent designated for their "time of the month."

!!Tropes associated with ''TheRedTent'' include:

to:

''TheRedTent'' ''The Red Tent'' is a novel written by Anita Diamant, which expands on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah the story of Dinah]] in the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Genesis.]] The original Bible story is about a young girl who was raped by a prince, and her brothers [[RapeAndRevenge killed every man in the prince's city-state for it.]] Diamant's novel expands on the story, and tells it from Dinah's perspective. Her encounter with the prince, for example, is not a rape in Diamant's novel; it was loving and consensual. The story narrates Dinah's life, such as spending time with the women of her family in a red tent designated for their "time of the month."

!!Tropes associated with ''TheRedTent'' ''The Red Tent'' include:
23rd Sep '13 3:18:04 PM EnglishGuruLady
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

**Um, like it wasn't before?
20th Sep '13 5:38:27 PM Virsai
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ruti slits her wrists after years of suffering under Laban]]

to:

* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ruti slits her wrists after years of suffering under Laban]]Laban]] Also [[spoiler: one of Simon's sons when he learns that his father won his mother by murdering every man in Shechem]].
29th Jun '13 8:40:14 PM MsChibi
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* CleanPrettyChildbirth: Very much averted.
12th May '13 3:51:15 PM Lophotrochozoa
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Polyamory}}: Just as in the {{Canon}} Bible story, but this time portrayed as orchestrated by the girls themselves (not Laban tricking Jacob into marrying his ChristmasCake Leah). Also, Jacob actually does love and care for his wives (well, in the beginning anyway), although Rachel is still his favorite.



* TenchiSolution: Just as in the {{Canon}} Bible story, but this time portrayed as orchestrated by the girls themselves (not Laban tricking Jacob into marrying his ChristmasCake Leah)
** Also, Jacob actually does love and care for his wives (well, in the beginning anyway), although Rachel is still his favorite.
6th Jan '13 10:27:34 AM SeptimusHeap
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BestialityIsDepraved: Laban has a habit of "bothering the sheep."



* ButYouScrewOneGoat: Laban has a habit of "bothering the sheep."
2nd Jan '13 7:28:10 AM ChaoticNovelist
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* YamatoNadeshiko: Bilhah
5th Nov '12 7:00:34 PM TVRulezAgain
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dinah's brothers believe they are [[RapeAndRevenge avenging a rape]] and saving her from a CompleteMonster, and that's not the case in the novel.

to:

* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dinah's brothers believe they are [[RapeAndRevenge avenging a rape]] and saving her from a CompleteMonster, her, and that's not the case in the novel.
24th Oct '12 6:30:21 AM Katsuhagi
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. [[spoiler:Ruti induces a miscarriage so as not to give her husband another child (that he'll probably just abuse) and the other women understand her choice]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 87. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheRedTent