History SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped / Literature

30th Jan '18 7:16:43 AM Cryoclaste
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* Literature/TheBible is, pretty much by definition, preachy (especially when used by preachers), but some messages like "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." is about as blunt as you can get, but it's hard to argue against love for others. {{Jesus}} used plenty of parables, metaphors, and symbolic language, but there were times when something needed to be stated in simple and plain English (well, Aramaic).

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* Literature/TheBible is, pretty much by definition, preachy (especially when used by preachers), but some messages like "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." is about as blunt as you can get, but it's hard to argue against love for others. {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} used plenty of parables, metaphors, and symbolic language, but there were times when something needed to be stated in simple and plain English (well, Aramaic).
22nd Jan '18 1:50:35 PM Buck
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* The story of Icarus is an obvious listen to your elders aesop but the story can be reimagined as showing the dangers of imbalancing hubris and humility. If you think too highly of yourself then your actions will backfire with heavy consequences (crash and burn) and if you think too little of yourself then you may have problems with independence and confidence.

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* The story of Icarus is an obvious listen to your elders aesop but the story can be reimagined as showing the dangers of imbalancing hubris and humility. compliancy. If you think too highly of yourself then your actions will backfire with heavy consequences (crash and burn) and if you think too little of yourself then you may will have problems with independence and confidence.
21st Jan '18 3:13:15 PM Buck
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* The story of Icarus is an obvious listen to your elders aesop but the story can be reimagined as showing the dangers of imbalancing hubris and humility. If you think too highly of yourself then your actions will backfire with heavy consequences (crash and burn) and if you think too little of yourself then you may have problems with independence and confidence.
6th Jan '18 10:56:47 AM nombretomado
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%% * JohnSteinbeck's ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''. Lots of anvils, many of which needed dropping.
* ''[[UncleTomsCabin Uncle Tom's Cabin]]'' basically consisted of Harriet Beecher Stowe gathering together a whole bunch of stories of actual people who were actually enslaved, then changing the names and adding in a plot to tie it together.

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%% * JohnSteinbeck's Creator/JohnSteinbeck's ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''. Lots of anvils, many of which needed dropping.
* ''[[UncleTomsCabin Uncle Tom's Cabin]]'' ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' basically consisted of Harriet Beecher Stowe gathering together a whole bunch of stories of actual people who were actually enslaved, then changing the names and adding in a plot to tie it together.



* ''Literature/AModestProposal'', also by Jonathan Swift, took on the British policies and attitudes towards the [[TheIrishQuestion Irish]] by proposing that the Irish sell their children to the aristocracy as [[ImAHumanitarian food]] in a [[RefugeInAudacity marvelously over-the-top]] detailed manifesto.

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* ''Literature/AModestProposal'', also by Jonathan Swift, took on the British policies and attitudes towards the [[TheIrishQuestion [[UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion Irish]] by proposing that the Irish sell their children to the aristocracy as [[ImAHumanitarian food]] in a [[RefugeInAudacity marvelously over-the-top]] detailed manifesto.
1st Jan '18 11:08:20 AM kquinn0830
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** From ''Literature/How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'':

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** From ''Literature/How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'':''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas!'':
1st Jan '18 11:08:02 AM kquinn0830
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** From ''Literature/How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'':
-->'''"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."'''
14th Nov '17 10:27:09 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Norman Juster's ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' drops the learning-is-fun anvil pretty early on, and keeps picking it up and dropping it again. This strategy would not work if the book were not also ''funny as hell'' -- it reads like a combination of Creator/ShelSilverstein, Creator/JamesThurber, and Creator/DouglasAdams. Kudos to Norton Juster for also throwing in enough ParentalBonus moments to keep the book funny and relevant.

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* Norman Juster's ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' drops the learning-is-fun [[ReadingIsCoolAesop learning-is-fun]] anvil pretty early on, and keeps picking it up and dropping it again. This strategy would not work if the book were not also ''funny as hell'' -- it reads like a combination of Creator/ShelSilverstein, Creator/JamesThurber, and Creator/DouglasAdams. Kudos to Norton Juster for also throwing in enough ParentalBonus moments to keep the book funny and relevant.
14th Nov '17 10:22:43 AM WillyFourEyes
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** Orwell's message, like "Slavery is bad" from Harriet Bleecher-Stowe or "Hitler is bad" from Chaplin's "Great Dictator", seems obvious today and saying so in an unsubtle way may seem somewhat silly. Not so at the time it was published. These were times that needed strong, effective propaganda against these very real evils. These unsubtle works may have done more real good than any great, subtle art. Though the point these novels were making may seem clearly obvious today, it's important to note that ''Animal Farm'' and ''1984'' were published in the 1940's, when Stalin was still regarded by a good deal of the general public in the West as a hero due to his support in World War II, and many members of the Western intelligentsia were enraptured by or at minimum genuinely sympathetic to the Communist Soviet political system. ''Animal Farm'' in particular was written during the War and initially had difficulty getting published because of pro-Soviet sentiment in Britain at the time. Also in ''Animal Farm'', [[FullCircleRevolution it's not very hard for one oppressive government to rise from the ashes of another]].

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** Orwell's message, like "Slavery is bad" from Harriet Bleecher-Stowe Beecher-Stowe's ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' or "Hitler is bad" from Chaplin's "Great Dictator", ''[[Film/TheGreatDictator Great Dictator]]'', seems obvious today and saying so in an unsubtle way may seem somewhat silly. Not so at the time it was published. These were times that needed strong, effective propaganda against these very real evils. These unsubtle works may have done more real good than any great, subtle art. Though the point these novels were making may seem clearly obvious today, it's important to note that ''Animal Farm'' and ''1984'' were published in the 1940's, when Stalin was still regarded by a good deal of the general public in the West as a hero due to his support in World War II, and many members of the Western intelligentsia were enraptured by or at minimum genuinely sympathetic to the Communist Soviet political system. ''Animal Farm'' in particular was written during the War and initially had difficulty getting published because of pro-Soviet sentiment in Britain at the time. Also in ''Animal Farm'', [[FullCircleRevolution it's not very hard for one oppressive government to rise from the ashes of another]].
11th Oct '17 7:02:23 AM fearlessnikki
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--> "So the next time someone hiding behind a username decides to tell me what would make me prettier, Iím going to propose the following: I will meet them in person and ask them to listen. I will tell them about going through puberty in the public eye after my mother died of cancer. I will tell them how it feels to find a website advertising nude photos of yourself as a 12‑year‑old. I will tell them Iíve looked at ďcuteĒ from both sides now, and in both cases it just made me miserable. I will tell them how fitting it is that the only real acting I do these days is voiceover, where no one can see me. I will tell them how my mother wanted me to prove myself through my actions and skills, rather than my looks. Now I believe I have, and I am happier than ever.

After all that, if they still insist on telling me how I should look, I will consider taking them on as my stylist."

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--> "So the next time someone hiding behind a username decides to tell me what would make me prettier, Iím going to propose the following: I will meet them in person and ask them to listen. I will tell them about going through puberty in the public eye after my mother died of cancer. I will tell them how it feels to find a website advertising nude photos of yourself as a 12‑year‑old. I will tell them Iíve looked at ďcuteĒ from both sides now, and in both cases it just made me miserable. I will tell them how fitting it is that the only real acting I do these days is voiceover, where no one can see me. I will tell them how my mother wanted me to prove myself through my actions and skills, rather than my looks. Now I believe I have, and I am happier than ever.

ever. After all that, if they still insist on telling me how I should look, I will consider taking them on as my stylist."



--> "The only way to win the game is to not play at all..."

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--> "The "Anyone can play the game, but the only way to win the game is to not play at all..."
5th Oct '17 5:22:10 PM fearlessnikki
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* FormerChildStar Creator/MaraWilson dropped two big ones in her autobiography:
** The Chapter ''The C-Word'' details how women are objectified for their looks in the media, and how Mara being constantly referred to as 'cute' made her feel small and insignificant. She takes time to note that her character in ''Miracle on 34th Street'' was originally an interesting and complex child - but the inexperienced director kept dropping those traits to turn her into a caricature, emphasising her cuteness over substance.
--> "So the next time someone hiding behind a username decides to tell me what would make me prettier, Iím going to propose the following: I will meet them in person and ask them to listen. I will tell them about going through puberty in the public eye after my mother died of cancer. I will tell them how it feels to find a website advertising nude photos of yourself as a 12‑year‑old. I will tell them Iíve looked at ďcuteĒ from both sides now, and in both cases it just made me miserable. I will tell them how fitting it is that the only real acting I do these days is voiceover, where no one can see me. I will tell them how my mother wanted me to prove myself through my actions and skills, rather than my looks. Now I believe I have, and I am happier than ever.

After all that, if they still insist on telling me how I should look, I will consider taking them on as my stylist."
** The ''National En-Choirer'' chapter sums up the politics and backstabbing of cliques in high school - and how girls can be utterly horrible to each other for no good reason. Mara notes that real life {{Alpha Bitch}}es come in many different varieties - and at the end of the day, all they want is power, and they get it by putting other people down.
--> "The only way to win the game is to not play at all..."
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