TormundsWoman Posted May 7, 2022 Share Posted May 7, 2022 1 hour ago, Lord Varys said: LOL, I just remembered how the first novella there was named 'The Princess and the Queen', ending with the princess being eaten and the queen disappearing without a trace. That was about as anti-feminist as you can get. I'd say Rhaenyra's ending is much worse than Dany's - Dany at least accomplishes something, turns herself into a 'great figure' (although, of course, she is an utter and complete failure in the end) from scratch, while Rhaenyra is just her daddy's favorite and cannot really cope with the fact that her stepmother and half-siblings don't want to submit to her. That isn't exactly the setting you want for a heroic or good character. I would argue that the idea Martin had, to show that women are just as capable, mediocre or complete failures as leaders throughout Westeros history make his stories a bit feminist, without him needing to label his work (which he probably never thought to do or didn’t even think they are). The point is these women characters should have the exact same opportunities to embarrass or distinguish themselves as the men in that world, and Martin’s novella as well as his books and the adaptation of his Asoiaf on screen did just that. It is just unfortunate that sometimes we fail big just like our male counterparts or we turn on ourselves invoking our own sex as a character flaw (?) that somehow impedes one to rule (see Alicent vs Rhaenyra). In the end we show that we are equally brilliant or successful at achieving good or goals we have (see Alysanne or Sansa) or equally insane (see Dany) or simply equally horrible at it (Cersei) as men are. So yes a bit of a feminist streak in his work if you ask me, regardless how the characters end up. EggBlue 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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