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* ButtMonkey: Basini begins as a mild-mannered one of these.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Resolutely ''not'' Bozena.

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* MindRape: Beineberg's favorite hobby.
* MommasBoy: Torless has shades of this, in the artiest possible way.

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* %%* MommasBoy: Torless has shades of this, in the artiest possible way.



* RomanAClef
* SadistTeacher: ... scarily, not who you have to worry about here.
* SituationalSexuality
* TeensAreMonsters

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* TheVonTropeFamily

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It begins as ostensibly a ComingOfAgeStory set in a military academy for young Austrian aristocrats, but blossoms into a dark and [[ValuesResonance at the time quite shocking]] exploration of morality . Törless is a homesick, intellectual young student attending boarding school in 19th century Austria. While he ponders mathematics and the nature of existence, two of his classmates, Beineberg and Reiting, set about the blackmail of another student, Basini, caught stealing money from them. And, of course, thieves must be punished, so Beineberg and Reiting set about doing so themselves. Their sadistic punishments grow in intensity, and soon the sadistic sexual undertones blossom into [[RapeAsDrama full-out text]], events to which Torless is a creepily passive observer.

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It begins as ostensibly a ComingOfAgeStory set in a military academy for young Austrian aristocrats, but blossoms into a dark and [[ValuesResonance at the time quite shocking]] exploration of morality . Törless is a homesick, intellectual young student attending boarding school in 19th century 19th-century Austria. While he ponders mathematics and the nature of existence, two of his classmates, Beineberg and Reiting, set about the blackmail of another student, Basini, caught stealing money from them. And, of course, thieves must be punished, so Beineberg and Reiting set about doing so themselves. Their sadistic punishments grow in intensity, and soon the sadistic sexual undertones blossom into [[RapeAsDrama full-out text]], events to which Torless is a creepily passive observer.

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'''''The Confusions of Young Törless''''' (in the original German, ''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.

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'''''The ''The Confusions of Young Törless''''' Törless'' (in the original German, ''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.


* AManIsNotAVirgin



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''The Confusions of Young Törless'' (in the original German, ''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.

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''The '''''The Confusions of Young Törless'' Törless''''' (in the original German, ''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.


* AmbiguouslyJewish: Basini. In the novel, his surname sounds more vaguely Italian than anything, and his background is not noted; the filmmaker decided to play with the [[NaziGermany fascist parallels]] a bit more.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Basini. In the novel, his surname sounds more vaguely Italian than anything, and his background is not noted; the filmmaker decided to play with the [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fascist parallels]] a bit more.


* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Most interpretations after the Second World War note prescient [[ThoseWackyNazis parallels]] regarding [[NaziNobleman Beineberg and Reiting's]] philosophies and their terrorizing of fellow students.


* {{Wangst}}: Torless' angst has a little bit of this going on.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Certain passages in the novel give the serious impression that Torless might be, in modern terms, [[{{Transgender}} a closeted trans girl]]


''The Confusions of Young Törless'' (''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.

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''The Confusions of Young Törless'' (''Die (in the original German, ''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.


''The Confusions of Young Törless'' is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.

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''The Confusions of Young Törless'' (''Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß'') is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.

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''The Confusions of Young Törless'' is a novel published in 1906, by Robert Musil.

It begins as ostensibly a ComingOfAgeStory set in a military academy for young Austrian aristocrats, but blossoms into a dark and [[ValuesResonance at the time quite shocking]] exploration of morality . Törless is a homesick, intellectual young student attending boarding school in 19th century Austria. While he ponders mathematics and the nature of existence, two of his classmates, Beineberg and Reiting, set about the blackmail of another student, Basini, caught stealing money from them. And, of course, thieves must be punished, so Beineberg and Reiting set about doing so themselves. Their sadistic punishments grow in intensity, and soon the sadistic sexual undertones blossom into [[RapeAsDrama full-out text]], events to which Torless is a creepily passive observer.

The novel was made into a film in 1966, directed by Volker Schlondorff.
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!!This novel provides examples of:

* AManIsNotAVirgin
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the novel, Beineberg is described as [[StupidSexyFlanders attractive in an uncanny way]] but otherwise oddly featured and batlike. In the film, he looks like the love child of [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Gaspard Ulliel as Hannibal]] and [[Franchise/HarryPotter Tom Riddle]].
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Certain passages in the novel give the serious impression that Torless might be, in modern terms, [[{{Transgender}} a closeted trans girl]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Basini. In the novel, his surname sounds more vaguely Italian than anything, and his background is not noted; the filmmaker decided to play with the [[NaziGermany fascist parallels]] a bit more.
* ButtMonkey: Basini begins as a mild-mannered one of these.
* BrokenBird: If you believe Bozena, she's had a pretty rough life, starting off as a handsome but inexperienced country girl and being taken advantage of, passing between lovers and brothels until finally ending up the lowest of the low and whoring herself out to schoolboys. However, she isn't very [[CynicalMentor nice about it.]]
* ClosetKey: Beineberg and Basini serve as this to Torless.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Torless finally encourages Basini to go to a teacher for help, as much out of disgust as pity. Basini takes all the blame, and is expelled. Torless himself goes home in disgust.]]
* TheDragon: Reiting is this to Beineberg, at least from Beineberg's point of view. He's totally willing to sell Reiting out, though, if not for how useful he is.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Averted. Torless is intrigued by some mathematical concepts (imaginary numbers especially) but is disappointed in his pursuit of knowledge about them.
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: Basini is well-known for bragging about his sexual exploits, despite being too immature to care for sex.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Resolutely ''not'' Bozena.
* MadScientist: Beineberg's, er, experimental interest in Basini makes him seem like something of a mad ''philosopher''.
* MindRape: Beineberg's favorite hobby.
* MommasBoy: Torless has shades of this, in the artiest possible way.
* PlatonicProstitution: Torless visits Bozena, the cynical, raddled school prostitute, to mull over what he thinks of sex, and also [[OedipusComplex his mother.]]
* RapeAndSwitch: Sort of. While it's never indicated that Basini is actually gay, it's clear that Beineberg and Reiting's little visits have left him expecting any extensions of protection or friendship to mean sex.
* RomanAClef
* SadistTeacher: ... scarily, not who you have to worry about here.
* SituationalSexuality
* TeensAreMonsters
* TortureTechnician: Beineberg's experiments with hypnosis and mindfuckery come across this way.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: Thanks to ValuesDissonance, and the avoidance of DawsonCasting in the film, all the drinking and smoking can come across this way. The violence definitely does.
* TheVonTropeFamily
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Most interpretations after the Second World War note prescient [[ThoseWackyNazis parallels]] regarding [[NaziNobleman Beineberg and Reiting's]] philosophies and their terrorizing of fellow students.
* {{Wangst}}: Torless' angst has a little bit of this going on.
* WickedCultured: It's evident that at least Beineberg is pretty intelligent, philosophically minded and erudite... he's also a hysterical, slightly unhinged wannabe TortureTechnician who venerates his crazy father.
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