Craving Peaches Posted March 19 Share Posted March 19 (edited) I was discussing this with some good friends earlier, but quite frequently I see people trying to wave away whatever horrible act X or Y did because it wasn't considered especially bad in-universe. Now previously I made a thread on what standards of morality to judge characters by: As you will see if you read/have read the thread, I favour a more subjective approach to judging characters morality, as in I think it is unreasonable to expect them all to conform to our modern morals, but I do want to stress that I do think there are limits to this approach, and it should not just be used to 'get people off the hook'. For example, in-world, if the laws were anything like our own, King Aerys might not be considered to have raped poor Rhaella; as the reasoning went, a husband could not rape his wife since she surrendered herself to him through marriage. But obviously it was rape. Also, stuff like sacking cities, torture etc. should not just become acceptable or beyond condemnation just because 'everybody does it'. I will use a real-world example to illustrate my point. During the Thirty-Years war, the Swedish army committed many atrocious acts towards catholic and protestant civilians. So did everyone else. But does this make stuff like this any less horrible?: Schwedentrunk - Wikipedia I don't think so, and why should it? Just because everyone does it shouldn't make it right or acceptable, or at least it shouldn't mean we can't criticise it or view it for what it really is: an atrocity. Furthermore, trying to excuse characters this way, whether it be Tywin, Stannis, or yes, Daenerys, ultimately cheapens and weakens the character by obscuring their flaws and so whitewashing them. These characters are meant to be realistic, flawed people, not saints who can do no wrong. Edited March 19 by Craving Peaches sweetsunray, Crixus, LongRider and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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