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Dark Wings, Dark Words, and Dirty Honor: Dyscatastrophe and the Compromised Hero in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

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Dark Wings, Dark Words, and Dirty Honor: Dyscatastrophe and the Compromised Hero in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
Creator:
Dolling, Carmen
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English

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Board mounted lamellaphones ( jstor )
Brothers ( jstor )
Chivalry ( jstor )
Death ( jstor )
Fantasy fiction ( jstor )
Kings ( jstor )
Queens ( jstor )
Swords ( jstor )
Thrones ( jstor )
War ( jstor )
Chivalry in literature
Martin, George R. R.
Song of ice and fire (Martin, George R. R.)
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Undergraduate Honors Thesis

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Abstract:
The enormous popularity of George R. R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has helped to make Martin (in)famous for his inversion of genre expectations: conflating distinctions between good and evil, killing off heroes, and ultimately leaving the reader with no sign of a happy ending to come. The world of Martin's novels appears, at first glance, to have abandoned all pretense of morality and honor, succumbing instead to a reign of chaos and injustice, wickedness and ambition. Yet this is far from the case--rather, Martin’s novels offer a subtle critique of the stock characters of fantasy who cling relentlessly to their ideals, unwilling to adapt or compromise even in favor of a greater good. This essay will explore the collapse of conventional chivalry and the rise of "dirty honor" in A Song of Ice and Fire. I will investigate why a fallible, pragmatic hero in fact proves most capable of achieving success in Martin's new genre environment of "dyscatastrophe," and why these "knights in tarnished armor" appeal strongly to contemporary audiences. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Arts; Graduated May 7, 2013 summa cum laude. Major: English
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Advisor(s): Dr. Terry Harpold
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College/School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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University of Florida
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Copyright Carmen Dolling. Permission granted to the University of Florida to digitize, archive and distribute this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.

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