I know it's fun to fall in love with characters and defend them passionately, but ultimately, if we want our reading and interpretation to produce meaningful results we need to focus more on events and not on characters. It seems here in this site we have a tendency to blame things on characters, saying things like this:
- Cat caused the Red Wedding
- Sansa caused Ned's death
- Ned caused Ned's death
- Danny caused her problems
- Stannis caused this or that
- etc etc
But all of these, and anything of that nature, is false and simplistic. Let me tell you why. Because every situation which happens in ASOIAF is the result of a web of events, cultural conventions, and accidents, in which not a single character can be blamed for an outcome.
You must realize that it is the action of all
characters which ends in an event. A sum. When you're blaming something on one
character you are ignoring gazillions of factors. Gross oversimplification.
We need to change the language of blame to the language of analysis.
This mistake will not only lead to a lame understanding of the story, it undermines the worth and complexity of GRRM's creation.
Do you agree?