Craving Peaches Posted October 12, 2022 Share Posted October 12, 2022 It does not excuse the attrocities he commited. Quite simply because, in my opinon, he isn't really that mad, at least not mad enough. Did he have delusions of grandeur? Certainly. Is he paranoid? Absolutely. But this does not make him pyschotic. Similarly, quotes like this: Quote "Let him be king over charred bones and cooked meat," he said to a man below him. "Let him be the king of ashes." Show that he isn't completely out of touch with reality. He can still apply some twisted logic/reasoning and then act upon it. He's not burning the city because he's gone nuts, he's burning the city as his funeral pyre - if he can't have it then no one can. He is made as in cruel, not mad as in insane. I conclude that Aerys, were he tried today, could not use insanity as a defence. Because he has not shown 'total alienation of reason'. Nathan Stark and Kinola 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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