THE BRUTAL COST OF REDEMPTION IN WESTEROS,
OR WHAT MORAL AMBIGUITY?
Explore the moral foundations of Westeros–or lack thereof. In Martin’s brutal world, what constitutes evil? How can good possibly be recognized amongst the chaos and violence? Winter is coming, and when it arrives, where will your favorite character stand?
A VERY DANGEROUS BOY
Edward Cullen: drop-dead gorgeous dream vampire? Or dangerous sociopath? It’s a little scary to compare Edward’s behavior to the clinical diagnostic criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder. But, adoring fans, before you burn the essay, be sure to read the ending!
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
Prince Caspian’s “little things”—Reepicheep, the Talking Animals, the Pevensie children, and young Caspian himself demonstrate that just because a creature is younger or smaller, it doesn’t mean they can’t make a big difference!
ELDEST ≠ WISEST
Does age really equal wisdom? Comparing Eragon and Saphira to their older (and theoretically wiser) Rider and dragon pair, Oromis and Glaedr, might change your answer. While there is a wisdom that comes from experience, in the Inheritance Cycle there is also another kind of wisdom: that which is instinctual, and arises from the land–d from the heart.