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Most people think of Game of Thrones and they just think of entertainment, a show with dragons, lots of battles and sex. There is so much more to the show than that, when you take the time to look at it from other angles. We’ll be looking at Game of Thrones through the two lenses of pop culture of History and Humanities. The topic of women being forced to give up their femininity to gain positions of power in Game of Thrones is one of those overlapping cases. We’re going to take analyze this subject through the history lens, however. The I researched talked about how Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth and Yara Greyjoy had to give up any trace of feminism to be taken the least bit seriously in the show. “ In the world of Game of Thrones , in both the books and the TV show, audiences can find elements from diverse medieval sources such as chivalric romances, historical chronicles, mythological texts, and Arthurian literature[ CITATION Mar191 \l 1033 ].” This is part of the reason for these characters not getting respect from men and trying to hide their femininity, that’s simply how things were done in those times, it was commonplace. Other women are mentioned, stating that they use their sexuality to get what they want but they are ultimately bested by men, Cersei, Margery Tyrell, and Ellaria Sand. I find that I disagree with this though, Cersei bested everyone, even Tywin, Margery was bested by Cersei and Ellaria got greedy and pretty much went crazy and on top of that was not actually trying to win the throne, these aren’t defeats by men. Cersei had real power behind her and she used it, I recall an episode when she was trying to find out what Little Finger was up to and he tells her that “knowledge is power” and the smartest on in the room has the most power, she then proceeds to demand her guards to seize him, kill him, not kill him, take three steps back, turn around, and after her show she tells Little Finger that “power is power” and walks off. Her father married her off to Robert Baratheon and
she made the best of her circumstances and ended up with spies, assassins, an armed guard, and loyal servants, she used sex to get to some of them yes, but most of these people were scared she would have them killed if they didn’t do what she said. There are however societies that have lived and died for centuries this way until we evolved to where we are now, and there are still arguments that we aren’t completely equal in the workplace with pay and things like that. I plan to name my next daughter Arya, I wonder how many more people plan to name their daughters after a child assassin from a medieval show, or who already have? Game of Thrones has left its mark on the humanities perspective in quite a few ways.

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