Tropes found in the stories we read this semester

Hey all, so there is this website that tracks all the common tropes/themes/ideas from basically every book/movie/comic ever. Some of you may of heard of it its called tvtropes.com I punched in some of the works we read this semester out of curiosity and found a few cool things. One of which is how a lot of the tropes in these stories still exist and are popular in todays literature/culture. As an example I used the Tain, and one of the tropes was the “I expected you to be taller” which a few people say to Cu Chulain throughout the story. I think its funny because in movies today you still here this all the time. Also the “you wouldn’t like me when Im angry” before Cu Chulain lets out his inner hulk. So punch some of the literature we read out of curiosity or really anything youve ever read or watched. I always look at the listed tropes, than look at other works that use it and be like oh shit thats so awesome.

 

Heres the link to the one for the Tain (complete with a pretty badass illustration) Lemme know if you look up any others

 

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/TainBoCuailnge

Margery

So when I first read The Book of Margery Kempe, I did not like her as a person. I thought she was completely nuts, an attention seeker, super selfish, and pretty full of herself. After our discussion in class, I changed my mind. She was pretty bad ass! Just doing her own thing, going on pilgrimage, standing up to important dudes, absolutely determined and not letting anyone stop her. I couldn’t shake the feeling that she kind of abandoned her 14 children to go on this ‘mission.’ I found this journal article that talks about how she actually gave birth to her last child during her pilgrimage. Since her book was autobiographical, the silence of this last birth during such a momentous period in her life seems odd. The author thinks perhaps she was trying to separate her life as a wife and mother from her spiritual life as a bride of Christ. Or she was going to rewrite her life and reject her carnal experiences, not mentioning her children at all. But it was crucial to mention her first labor because so much of the story stems from that experience. It also mentions that if all 14 children were carried to full term, that would have been 126 months of pregnancy. There were 240 months between her first labor and her decision to become chaste. That sounds like enough to make any woman a little crazy.

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