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  1. Martin uses history to inspire his writings. He has probably heard of commanders such as Alexander the Great, and Richard the Lion heart, oh and from mythology Achilles, and even Zeus seemed to mix it up.
  2. Truly good characters

    Donal Noye
  3. Matches that Never Were

    It's not a stretch to imagine what a match between Joffrey and Sansa would have been like. Joffrey would have been still alive to marry Sansa, and continued his cruelty. She would have used courtesy as a shield, but perhaps she would have accepted some plots to free her from that monster, especially after she had a child.
  4. "Moral ambiguity" is overrated and overestimated

    I don't know of single person in the present day or in history who is exclusively evil or exclusively good. The times when this is claimed occurs when very little is known and mythological embellishments have taken place. People pretend that there are black villains or all white heroes to cater to different needs, and the portrayal of complex grey characters in this series is indeed realistic. More disturbing, pretending moral decisions have simple answers seems like a need for concrete thinking, which is less well developed than "formal operational" thinking. I suppose it takes less effort. When there is a war, seeing people as "the other" protects individuals from guilt or shame in acts of violence. Another moral dodge is allowing an authority to make moral decisions. Exploring the complexity of oaths, promises, fealty, the other, and questionable acts is quite challenging in this series, and is probably one reason people like to discuss it. There are lots of references to black and white in the symbolism presented, and how convoluted it is. When writing, writing complex characters is generally considered a skill, and arouses more interest in the reader. In the animal world wolves kill and eat mice, for example. Does that mean they are evil? Are mice evil? Don't most of us like the Direwolves, even though they are no angels? We can raise questions more than we can give pat answers.
  5. Rhaegar was WAY better than Robert

    Do the men and women in the real world think that socking an enemy in the chest with a hammer, and wife beating while drunk is how a normal good man behaves? What country were you raised in? Wow.
  6. Drogon, because he is Daenerys' first born male son. Westeros wants a strong king and he has the full blood of the dragon. People will reject their species centric predjudices, because who is going to anger him? Also, fire breathe.
  7. Most cowardly deed in ASOIAF.

    No, defense mechanisms are about avoiding psychological pain. There are mechanisms to defend the psyche against pain. It's not about a clock, it is about fear of psychological pain. Avoidance is about fear. Study psychology, if there is a real desire to understand how avoidance works. Robert spends most of his time avoiding other people's needs and pain as well as his own, and it has a tremendous impact. I consider that to be cowardly. Maybe other people think that's fine. Being brutish with Cersei, and abdicating responsibility to her was cowardly. His wedding night shows a great deal of cowardice. He does not, over the course of years, and adds spousal rape, unchecked drinking and womanizing, emotional and physical abuse to his behavior with his wife. Spousal abuse is the opposite of bravery.
  8. Most cowardly deed in ASOIAF.

    No, defense mechanisms are all about the fear of emotional pain. Avoidance is very much about fear. At it's most obvious, there are phobias, such as fears of clowns, escalators, or birds! At its best, it is a mild or sensible fear. Cowardice is in play when spectators to someone getting bullied do nothing, and I think Martin is specifically looking at leadership in this series. Robert is a poor leader because of his abdication of responsibilities, due in part to his fear of confrontation of his own weaknesses, the needs of other people and the realm, or other people's abuse of power. It is a looming mess. He is quite thoughtless with Cersei( not that I like her either)womanizing in front of her, being perpetually drunk, dissing her for a Lyanna fantasy. Might he have had an ally in time? His Bluff King warrior persona is just enough so that he is preferred to a crazed Targ when the population is too war weary to care, but he leaves a legacy of bankruptcy, corruption, political opponants, personal enemies, and unprepared successors. I think the contrast between physical courage and moral courage is very deliberate here.
  9. Most cowardly deed in ASOIAF.

    R R, yes, the poetic justice of the numerous deaths would make a good thread. I do think people give extra credit to characters who are not too craven to reflect on their cowardly moments. It's takes more guts than to pretend that they aren't there.
  10. Most cowardly deed in ASOIAF.

    Yes, I do think it is moral cowardice to rely on patriarchal force to marry a young woman who dislikes you, and then never consider the motives behind an "abduction" other than to construct a self serving fantasy. I do think it's cowardly to chase women who are much lower in status than you are. Yes, he drowned in booze and sexual gratification. He seeks Ned out much too late. He had many opportunities to be a much better man; more than most of his subjects. Solely relying on self pity as a motivation is morally craven. Much worse than Sam, who confronts his weaknesses, and grows in difficult circumstances. Here's a new story about Sam. He goes to the wall, and spends all his time in Moletown with prostitutes and drinks till he dies. Now how do you regard craven Sam? So, Robert's accident of birthright made him a good guy. Yah. Useful for fighting battles and claiming a throne, but morally nothing. But to be fair, it's possible that in becoming a great warrior, Robert abandoned moral development, in a craven way. He did have alternative examples, and a lot of opportunity to stand up morally. I was responding to all the Dany hate. Perhaps this thread is not all about you:) Oh, I do think Martin is clever enough to show characters deaths as compatible with characters, and their moral development. Note: Ned has his head separated from his heart because he couldn't reconcile the two. (Robb, too) Tywin dies from a wound to his bowels while sits on the privy, a wound from his own son, and then stinks unbearably while he lies in state.
  11. Most cowardly deed in ASOIAF.

    Immaturity in an adult and weakness of that kind comes from the lack of moral courage to grow. He was too cowardly to get to know Lyanna then, or after her death. His fantasizing a real person shows a lack of courage, or fragile ego, but they are related. It was too much trouble to confront a realationship and realize Lyanna was unwilling. The he Now I thought Varys looked after Gendry. He didn't know about Barra. Elric was too high up the food chain to ignore. Robert drank, hunted, and womanized to avoid internal pain and dislike for his duties, all the tedious bits of ruling, fatherhood, spousal. The seduction of underlings is also cowardly. The self pity was also a sign of moral cowardice. If Dany just drank herself silly, waved her hands at rape, refused to make choices in ruling, accepted a slave culture and the brutalizations of the unsullied, cried herself into the Dosh Khaleen, giggled at the danger her dragons posed, let other people confront her enemies, not dealt with the marriage with Diogo, placed Daario as her prime minister, or just played yes woman to Hizdhar, sat shivering while Drogon attacked the crowd, told people she was just too girlish to try to understand or solve economic problems, hit on all the young male or female cup bearers, become a clotheshorse to distract herself, happily take bets on the slave Gladiators, hold orgies while the people starved, then we are talking moral cowardice. But I see, a guy who wants to use a hammer to solve his problems, and fails to develop in any other way, is a great guy with a few weaknesses, the main one being moral courage. He had considerable power and status and did nothing useful with it, other than not be as crazy as Aerys. There is a reason Martin has him gored by a pig, while hunting to deny his troubles, after failing to recognize how drunk he is, assisted by his own wife and her lover. He dies in his own stink.
  12. Most cowardly deed in ASOIAF.

    I would say that Robert retreating to drink shows emotional and mental cowardice. He fails to come to terms with Lyanna's rejection. (Wow get over it) He womanizes, using his position and wealth, instead of looking after his responsibilities. He fails to look after his bastards and the children he believes are his. He fails to deal with Cersei in any mature way. He lets Littlefinger bankrupt the kingdom. His retreat over the Lady situation is just one more example.
  13. Most Courageous Act in ASOIAF

    Arya going back to rescue Gendry. Arya rescuing Jaquan, Rorge and Biter from flames. Arya she survival at Kings Landing with nothing but her girl wits.
  14. US Politics: Opening Pandora's Box

    I dislike Trump. I cannot think well of his supporters?
  15. Rhaegar was WAY better than Robert

    We all know that when your family agrees for you to marry a womanizing drunken money incompetent wastrel with a big axe, you should stay sold, no matter how unwilling you are. Your talents should be reduced to your pedigree and your wombs fertility.