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Playing With: Type Caste
Basic Trope: A character from India is locked into all the expectations of his/her social class.
  • Straight: Anjali and Bhulwa's parents forbid them to marry because of their differing castes.
  • Exaggerated: Anjali and Bhulwa are not permitted to even speak to one another.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: Although less prevalent now, it's kind of difficult to change traditions and customs that have been in place for thousands of years.
  • Inverted: Anjali and Bhulwa are encouraged (or even ''required'') to marry each other because of their differing castes.
  • Subverted: Anjali introduces Bhulwa to her parents, and they seem OK with him.
  • Double Subverted: Only to conveniently inform her that she's betrothed to another man and that the wedding is first thing tomorrow morning as soon as Bhulwa's out the door.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Different social classes (and sub-classes) are allowed to mix, mingle, and marry as they please.
  • Enforced: Truth in Television, Rule of Drama.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Anjali (who comes from a rich Brahmin family) meets and falls in love with Bhulwa (from a poor, working-class family).
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Anjali and Bhulwa carry on a Secret Relationship, or move someplace (such as America) where they can get married regardless of their stations in life in their homeland.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Someone is going to be locked into expectations regarding who to marry and what career path to take, regardless of what he/she actually wants. Also, just because someone is born into a family that does XYZ profession doesn't necessarily mean he/she is suited for that job. It's a conflict between tradition and modernism, between individualism and collectivism.
  • Reconstructed: Less emphasis is placed on social class and family than talents. There is more social mobility as a result.

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