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Origin of Power
Transcript of Origin of Power
Let's consider a game
Rules Of The Game
Everyone owns land and has power
Elect your leader
King derives power from nobility
Oath of Fealty
Can concede power or revolt
Legitimate Power vs. Enforced Power
Chosen vs. Taken
The Setting: Westeros vs. Scotland
Roots of the Game
Faults of the Feudal System
Humans are inherently greedy
Schemes and betrayal
Used as a political tool
Reigning Queen after death of husband
Power corrupts humanity
Unequal Exchange of Liberties
How does the pursuit of power or participation in
transform people over time?
Compensates with enforced power
Rule by Fear
Rise and fall
Lack of tact
Dependency on LM
Military victories does not equal to political success
Well timed: Macbeth and his victory
Challenges his manhood
"Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat ser.... By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest as ease. ”
-Stannis Baratheon to Davos Seaworth
"Function is smothered in surmise" (1.3.154)
Before Turning Point
After Turning Point
"If I look back I am lost."
“A queen must listen to all. The highborn and the low, the strong and the weak, the noble and the venal. One voice may speak you false, but in many there is always truth to be found.”
"I know that she spent her childhood in exile, impoverished, living on dreams and schemes, running ... always fearful, never safe, friendless but for a brother who was ... half-mad... sold her ...for the promise of an army. .... She has survived assassins and conspiracies and fell sorceries, grieved for a brother and a husband and a son, trod the cities of the slavers to dust beneath her ... feet ."
"Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep'" (2.2.47-49)
"Who can bewise amazed, temp'rate, andfurious, Loyal, and neutral in a moment? No men" (2.3.127-128)
We have scratched the snake, not killed it. (3.2.15)
"That, by the help ... we may again give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights, free from our feast and banquets bloody knives" (3.6.36-39)
Game of Thrones:
"Dragons born from fire"
A Game of Thanes
by Alex Sun and Cherie Xu
Gains "legitimate power"
Trusted and loved by her people
“Missandei: Valar morghulis.
Daenerys Targaryen: Yes. All men must die, but we are not men.”
"Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
Like the poor cat i' the adage? " (1.7.45-46)
"With his surcease sucess, that but this blow, might be the be-all and the end-all here// We'd jump the life to come" (1.7.4-5; 7)
"But in these case we still have judgement here// This even-handed justice commends th' ingredience of our poisoned chalice to our own lips" (1.7.8; 10-12)
Power and her Femininity
Not exempted from male objectification
Proves them wrong
Did not become more manlike
Gender did not hinder her
Amalgamation of ruthlessness and kindness
"Unsex me here"
Foreign Princess to Khaleesi
Illusion of power