George R. R Martin's Game Of Thrones

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George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series is immensely successful and popular.Using different character perspectives to give view to issues occurring over an intricate fantasy world, he spins a web of several characters lives in a way only J.K. Rowling can match in detail. He draws readers in with a darkly realistic adult fantasy story that is only offset by the sharp wit of the characters as he draws them together across his world into what will be an epic climax. However it is his compelling characters and elaborate backstories that make the character not only memorable but carries what would otherwise be a confusing story.

The most important and interesting aspect of Jon Snow’s character is his upbringing as Lord Eddard Stark’s illegitimate
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Described as ugly, with a jutting forehead, heterochromia resulting in mismatched green and black eyes, hair blonde in some places while black in others and the front half of his nose cut off in the Battle of the Blackwater, yet none of these features alienate him from his family as much as his dwarfism and the fact his mother died in his childbirth. He is considered a monster by society and his family, his father Tywin and sister, the Queen Regent Cersei, hating him openly. Tywin reminds him often that Tyrion should be thankful that he is even alive, if he was from a lesser family they would have left them on the street. It is due to this lack of familial love from anyone besides his brother Jaime that Tyrion is such a bitter character, seeking small pleasures of wine and whoring. However Tyrion is arguably the smartest character in the entire series and seems to have the best grasp on the harsh realities of the world and it’s people. Tyrion himself told it best when advising Jon Snow to overcome being called the Bastard of Winterfell stating, “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. (Put in proper format later.)Tyrion has accepted that he will be treated as a monster but uses it against his enemies, knowing he will always be charged guilty of …show more content…
Jon Snow is constantly influenced by the steadfast morals of his father, which that been deeply ingrained in him since he was a child, and his outsider status as an illegitimate child of Ned Stark. Tyrion Lannister is influenced by his father’s morals as well, Tywin pounding into his son that the only thing important was the family, as well as the lack of familial love that too set him as an outsider in his own family. Daenerys too has learned from those who have raised her but Viserys did not teach her duty, be it to the king or to her family, but rather vengeance, entitlement and gse her the ability to empathize with slaves. Their carefully construed backstories shape the characters in obvious ways, allowing for a complexity and depth of a real person as well as giving room for growth as the series progresses while not compromising the key values of the character. While others would argue that Jon lacks an elaborate background and so lacks the depth that the other characters have, his struggle between duty and love, caused by his upbringing, adds depth and realism to his character. Tyrion, on the other hand, while arguably more complex because of his dwarfism is actually more influenced by the values that Tywin Lannister has imparted on his son and have much more sway on Tyrion’s actual actions throughout the book. Daenerys, they argue, is shaped more through the

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