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5 Life Lessons From Game Of Thrones

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3. What people think about you doesn’t matter

Game of Thrones is filled with characters who are seen as inferior for some reason or another. Tyrion the dwarf, Jon the bastard, Bran the Broken, Davos the Onion Knight, Brienne the Beauty, and the list goes on. Despite the labels stuck to these characters, though, none of them are held back. They wear their so called weaknesses as a badge of pride, finding beauty in their uniqueness. Bran embraces his strengths as a warg, Brienne devotes herself to the art of combat, and Tyrion… well, everyone knows how awesome Tyrion is. As he says, “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”

What people think about you DOES matter.

Tyrion would never have been put on trial if Cersei did not consider him a monster.

True, yet he escaped with the help of Jaime and Varys...

Right, what Jaime and Varys think of him matters. 

If they didn't think highly of him they would not have helped him escape. 

4. Understand and have compassion towards others

It’s easy to make snap judgements about people. When someone acts in an irritating way or says something offensive, we tend to attribute this behavior to bad character rather than trying to understand it. In Game of Thrones, multiple characters make poor decisions on a regular basis, yet we can empathize with them because we know why they acted as they did. 

Throughout daily life, it’s this why that’s often missing. Why did your friend say that to you? Why did that car cut you off? When we don’t know the why, we have a habit of creating one, and it typically takes on some form ofthey’re a bad person

Through George R. R. Martinwe see the world of Game of Thrones from multiple perspectives, which helps us to understand whycertain characters act the way they do. Although explanations don’t excuse cruelty or carelessness, they can certainly help to build empathy, creating a more constructive mindset less concerned with judgement and more so with understanding and problem solving. From afar, Theon may seem cruel and ungrateful, but Martin encourages the audience to consider the events that brought him to that place— he became a hostage at ten, went unloved by the Starks, and when he finally did return home, it was to a family nearly indifferent to his existence. 

With that knowledge, his actions are more understandable— although not excusable. In a similar way, Cersei’s behaviour can be explained through her love of her children, the Kingslayer’s through his love of Cersei, and Stannis’s through his unhappy childhood. 

This unabridged view into the lives of these characters allows for more compassion towards those who might otherwise be labelled the ‘bad guys.’ Martin perfectly demonstrates the impact that upbringing and circumstances can have on a person’s behavior, helping to build his audience’s empathy, both within the story and without.

There is no way to understand why Joffrey was such a bad person.

It is next to impossible to have compassion towards him.

Joffrey was a sociopath.

(Poor Stannis!)

Ramsay Snow too?

Roose Bolton?

Walder Frey?

Even Cat's sister Lysa doesn't engender compassion.

There are lots of compassion-free characters. 

Gods help me but I think Roose is hot.  Eric Barker says we're attracted to bad boys.... 

Heh. Don't get too attached to Roose. 

This is speculation on my part, but either a Stark is gonna get him... Or Ramsay will.

Either way he has to pay for the Red Wedding. He HAS to.

I'll kill Ramsay myself!

I believe that honor belongs to Theon... Er, Reek.... Whatever we call him.

Yeah, Reek.  And Ramsay's GF can go to hell, too.

Ramsay has a GF?! I don't remember her. 

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