History Theatre / FiddlerOnTheRoof

12th Apr '16 1:50:53 PM vifetoile
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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... Anyhow, Tevye also got all his daughters married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... Anyhow, As for Tevye also got all and his family, his three daughters are married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]


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* YiddishAsASecondLanguage
11th Mar '16 4:12:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''Fiddler on the Roof''''' is a popular musical from the 1960s, based on a set of stories by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (pen name for Solomon Rabinovich).

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'''''Fiddler ''Fiddler on the Roof''''' Roof'' is a popular musical from the 1960s, based on a set of stories by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (pen name for Solomon Rabinovich).
5th Feb '16 4:04:58 PM allium
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Set in the fictional ''shtetl'' of Anatevka, in the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire, just before the Revolution of 1905, it tells the story of Tevye, a milkman with five daughters: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Schprintze, and Bielke. The plot centers on Tevye and Golde's efforts to find husbands for their daughters, but their daughters break tradition by marrying for love rather than having their marriages arranged by Yente, the town matchmaker.

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Set in the fictional ''shtetl'' of Anatevka, in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_of_Settlement Pale of Settlement Settlement]] of the Russian Empire, just before the Revolution of 1905, it tells the story of Tevye, a milkman with five daughters: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Schprintze, and Bielke. The plot centers on Tevye and Golde's efforts to find husbands for their daughters, but their daughters break tradition by marrying for love rather than having their marriages arranged by Yente, the town matchmaker.
5th Feb '16 2:42:18 AM cinnabar
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*** In ''Yiddish'', however, it ''is'' pronounced like "laser" (and often transcribed as Leyzer).
7th Jan '16 10:15:18 AM Pren
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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: A light version in "If I Were A Rich Man," where Tevye asks God if it would really destroy his entire plan for the world to give Tevye some money.
28th Dec '15 9:18:08 AM Kitchen90
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-->''"A fiddler on the roof... Sounds crazy, no? But here in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck."''

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-->''"A ->''"A fiddler on the roof... Sounds crazy, no? But here in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck."''
18th Dec '15 2:48:17 PM margdean56
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'''Tevye''': I understand, I understand, because I said yes to Motel and Tzietel you feel you also have the right, but my answer is still no.\\

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'''Tevye''': I understand, I understand, because I said yes to Motel and Tzietel Tzeitel you feel you also have the right, but my answer is still no.\\



* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Tevye is constantly struggling with his belief in tradition versus his three daughters' yearning for liberation. He manages to accept the first two of them (who want to chose their own husbands, but within their own ethnic group), but draws the line with the third (who falls in love with a Christian). With this daughter, Tevye is shown to be on the edge of committing HonorRelatedAbuse: but he never carries it out, making him a failed patriarch but [[AvertedTrope keeping him]] from [[MoralEventHorizon becoming a failed human being]][[note]]He fully disowns her in the original stories, see ValuesDissonance on the YMMV page[[/note]].

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* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Tevye is constantly struggling with his belief in tradition versus his three daughters' yearning for liberation. He manages to accept the first two of them (who want to chose choose their own husbands, but within their own ethnic group), but draws the line with the third (who falls in love with a Christian). With this daughter, Tevye is shown to be on the edge of committing HonorRelatedAbuse: but he never carries it out, making him a failed patriarch but [[AvertedTrope keeping him]] from [[MoralEventHorizon becoming a failed human being]][[note]]He fully disowns her in the original stories, see ValuesDissonance on the YMMV page[[/note]].
17th Dec '15 3:41:19 PM margdean56
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* LyricalDissonance: "To Life," a riotous showstopping dance number all about how life sucks most of the time, except when we can find an excuse to celebrate and get drunk. Plus, the tone is quite at odds with how it's celebrating a contrived, loveless marriage arrangement just after Tzietel has agreed to marry her true love.

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* LyricalDissonance: "To Life," a riotous showstopping dance number all about how life sucks most of the time, except when we can find an excuse to celebrate and get drunk. Plus, the tone is quite at odds with how it's celebrating a contrived, loveless marriage arrangement just after Tzietel Tzeitel has agreed to marry her true love.
17th Dec '15 2:17:11 PM margdean56
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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent progroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... Anyhow, Tevye also got all his daughters married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent progroms pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... Anyhow, Tevye also got all his daughters married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]



* BrickJoke: In the opening, Tevye mentions that one of their traditions is always wearing hats. In the end, Tevye speculates that maybe the reason hats are constantly worn is because historically Jews/Hebrews have been forced out of a number of places at a moments notice.
* CategoryTraitor: Tevye considers [[spoiler: Chava]] to have passed the MoralEventHorizon for wanting to marry a guy who isn't Jewish, [[spoiler: effectively telling her [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]] when she comes asking for his acceptance of her marriage]]. This is both TruthInTelevision and ValuesDissonance, as the fragility and small numbers of the Jewish faith - especially in the film's setting of pre-revolutionary Russia, where Jewish communities (as seen in the musical) were under constant threat of attack from the Christian majority - means that each marriage is an important part of the preservation of the religion. Marrying out of the faith for even many modern Orthodox Jews would be the ultimate betrayal.

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* BrickJoke: In the opening, Tevye mentions that one of their traditions is always wearing hats. In the end, Tevye speculates that maybe the reason hats are constantly worn is because historically Jews/Hebrews have been forced out of a number of places at a moments moment's notice.
* CategoryTraitor: Tevye considers [[spoiler: Chava]] to have passed the MoralEventHorizon for wanting to marry a guy who isn't Jewish, [[spoiler: effectively telling her [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]] when she comes asking for his acceptance of her marriage]]. This is both TruthInTelevision and ValuesDissonance, as the fragility and small numbers of the Jewish faith - -- especially in the film's setting of pre-revolutionary Russia, where Jewish communities (as seen in the musical) were under constant threat of attack from the Christian majority - -- means that each marriage is an important part of the preservation of the religion. Marrying out of the faith for even many modern Orthodox Jews would be the ultimate betrayal.
15th Dec '15 11:28:33 AM Pren
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** Plus, the Constable telling everyone they have to leave comes directly after we've been shown the ugliest side of their religion with Tevye disowning his daughter for marrying outside the faith.
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