19 6 / 2012
“Jaime,” she said, tugging on his ear, “sweetling, I have known you since you were a babe at Joanna’s breast. You smile like Gerion, fight like Tyg, and there’s some of Kevan in you, else you would not wear that cloak…but Tyrion is Tywin’s son, not you. I said so once to your father’s face, and he would not speak to me for half a year. Men are such thundering great fools. Even the sort who come along once in a thousand years.”
- George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
20 2 / 2012
- First of all, the ASoIaF universe is heavily misogynistic. And no, that is not an excuse for anything, it’s just the way it is. We are placed into a world which has severely medieval sensibilities about gender roles. Tyrion is a part of this world, not an enlightened feminist, so of course his attitude toward the women he dislikes is unpleasant and violent. This is not an excuse for his unpleasantness, but an acceptance of it. I understand that he is filled with hate and violence, and for the most part, it is not just limited to women.
- I like Tyrion, not because of his obvious flaws, but despite them. Yes, he has a particularly vicious attitude toward Cersei, but can anyone really say that the Lannisters have a healthy sibling to sibling relationship? And no, I don’t think he’s justified or okay in those sentiments of revenge against Cersei, nor do I think he made the right choices about his father and Shaye, but who in this series is acting the way they should? Moral high ground is something few can claim here.
- Tyrion is not acting the way he “should” act, he’s acting in a way that fits his personality and the horror of his conditions. He is condemned and betrayed by his own family. I don’t think anyone would be thinking straight in a situation like that.
- Tyrion is a desperate man making desperate decisions. And in more recent books, they have been getting worse and worse. But he’s also paying for them along the way.
- Tyrion’s anger keeps him going. His thoughts of revenge feed his will to live, and on a certain level, he knows that. He knows if he gives in to his demons, he won’t last another hour. It’s a survival instinct, and he takes what he can get.
- He is too clever for the situations facing him, and the people he has to deal with. His intelligence is squandered on them, and he lashes out in horrid ways. But I get that. I get why he does the things he does, and thinks the things he thinks.
- I do not condone his actions or his thoughts. But I sympathize with his circumstances. I understand why someone in Tyrion’s situation would act the way he does.
- He is in a curious position in terms of the social hierarchy of the books. A true born, intelligent son of an influential lord whose physical aspects withhold him from achieving his true potential. He grows bitter and frustrated, and who wouldn’t if they were in his shoes? I am interested in his character arc, especially because he starts off as a more sympathetic person, and quickly turns into one of the most controversial people in the series, committing acts that we never expected he was capable of back when we first met him. I am very invested in his storyline, and want to see where it goes.
- His storyline fits in well with the theme of a loss of stability and being forced to break from social norms in order to decide upon personal codes of honor, something that a lot of characters are facing in this series, and reacting to in their own ways.
- I also understand that some people don’t like Tyrion, and I respect that. I don’t think people are ‘stupid’ for disliking him. I have absolutely no right to judge or berate anyone on their personal choices about liking or not liking a fictional character.
- All I ask is, please return the favor, and don’t accuse me of sexism or stupidity when I say that I like Tyrion.