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* CatsAreMean: Or at least haughty. It is because they refused the teachings of Buddha that Good Fortune suffers her third-act despair. She, on the other hand, is a subversion in that she is very nice but she keeps apparently asking the painter to add a cat because... well, why not? (this of course leads to her being blessed by ''Buddha himself'' after she dies).


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* CatsAreMean: Averted. Good Fortune prays to the Buddha with the painter, doesn't overeat so the others can eat as well, and always seems to praise each finished animal in the painting.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The painter knows that, according to legend, cats refused the teachings of Buddha, and in doing so he is going to ruin his work and will probably prevent him from ever getting work again, but he decides to add a cat to the painting anyway so Good Fortune will be happy again.


* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* BittersweetEnding

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AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Good Fortune. She is personally blessed by Buddha at the end, with the painting showcasing it.
* BittersweetEndingBittersweetEnding: Good Fortune dies, but at least she dies of happiness (when it first looked like it was going to be of despair) and a literal miracle made by Buddha ensures that the painter will not lose his work and also shows that she will have a good afterlife.



* CuteKitten
* DeathByDespair: Inverted: Good Furtune dies of ''joy'' when the painter includes her in his painting.

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* CuteKitten
CuteKitten: Good Fortune is shown to being joy to the painter's household.
* DeathByDespair: Inverted: Good Furtune Fortune dies of ''joy'' when the painter includes her in his painting.painting. Although before that it looked like it was going to be played straight when the painter explained to her that cats denied Buddha and she wouldn't eat from the agony.


* CatsAreMean: Averted.
** Good Fortune prays to the Buddha with the painter, doesn't overeat so the others can eat as well, and always seems to praise each finished animal in the painting.

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Averted. Good Fortune prays to the Buddha with the painter, doesn't overeat so the others can eat as well, and always seems to praise each finished animal in the painting.


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* DeathByDespair: Inverted: Good Furtune dies of ''joy'' when the painter includes her in his painting.


The Cat Who Went to Heaven is a novel written in 1930 by Elizabeth Coatsworth, based on Buddhist folk tales.

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The ''The Cat Who Went to Heaven Heaven'' is a novel written in 1930 by Elizabeth Coatsworth, based on Buddhist folk tales.


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* DeathByNewberyMedal

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* DeathByNewberyMedalDeathByNewberyMedal: This book won the 1931 Newbery Award, and guess what happens to the cat...


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* CuteKitten



* EverythingsCuterWithKittens
* ForegoneConclusion: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title]].

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* EverythingsCuterWithKittens
* ForegoneConclusion: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title]].title.]]


* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic


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