High Fantasy: The Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin Essay

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High Fantasy is a relatively new genre, having only been introduced in the late 1800s. Through the novels that fall under this category, authors have had the opportunity to respond to critical social issues that are prevalent in their lifetime. This has allowed the genre to mature along with the advancement of our culture. High Fantasy has rapidly developed into a genre that is widely appreciated and accepted; George R.R. Martin has contributed to this progression through his novel The Game of Thrones, in which he responds to past authors, social issues of today, and the High Fantasy genus.
While High Fantasy began with a fervent fan base, the genre also conjured up immense disapproval from the church. Devout Christians, Catholics, and
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Due to Lewis’ influence on the Christian community, High Fantasy gained a new group of followers.
In 1996 The Game of Thrones was published, ongoing events during that time affected the way readers responded to issues highlighted in the story. Throughout the novel there is a fear of the upcoming winter. The phrase “winter is coming” is often exchanged between the Starks because they must constantly be prepared for the arrival of winter, which hits The North the hardest. Surviving winter is something to rejoice about since it is not 3 months long as some would expect. Winters can last a decade long, and they must learn to keep warm and hope for a long summer. The year that the book was published Americans experienced one of the worst blizzards in United States history. Readers could have related to the fear of the bitter cold and lack of sun because they had just encountered the same situation on a much smaller scale. Another evident fear in the book is Robert Baratheon’s apprehension of the Targaryens. While many thought they posed no threat against the realm, Robert was insistent on killing Dany even though by law she was innocent. He attempts to convince Eddard Stark that murdering her was not immoral. After Robert dies, Eddard Stark takes no action against the Targaryens. Martin’s audience could sympathize with this struggle to protect the people of the realm while still being a morally good person. During the time of the book’s release President

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