csuszka1948 Posted April 25 Share Posted April 25 (edited) 12 hours ago, SeanF said: As to MQD, we have three leaders in the book, who are framed as sympathetic, even righteous, who wage war and kill enemies to attain their ends, Robb, Stannis and Jon. Robb’s men pillage the West, rape, and hang young women. Stannis burns the Kingswood, and comes close to sacking Kings Landing. He uses black magic to kill enemies, and burns traitors. Jon steals Gilly’s baby, tortures Karstark and his men, wages war by proxy against the Boltons, takes children hostage. Is the overall message of the tale to be that killing, when done by a man, is simply a soldier’s duty? When done by a woman, however, it’s proof of madness? It's more about political legitimacy. By the time Dany arrives, Aegon would have united most of Westeros, and almost nobody would want her to be ruler in his place - she is a woman behind him in the line of succession, she has brought an army of foreigners with her, she will 'follow' a foreign religion, is unfamiliar with many customs of the Seven Kingdoms and might attempt large-scale societal changes. Who wants her in Westeros? In contrast, his own bannermen elected Robb and many Northerners would like to see Jon replacing the Boltons. Stannis' case is actually somewhat similar to hers - Renly is much more popular than him and has a much bigger backing and Stannis 'follows' R'hllor - but he has the luck of being a man raised in Westeros, his dark deeds are unknown to the general populace, he doesn't have weapons of mass destruction (called dragons) and he tried to avoid damaging the smallfolk at every turn (even punishing the rape of wildlings). Edited April 25 by csuszka1948 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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