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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

by George R. R. Martin

Strength and Skill Theme

Strength and skill come in super handy in the struggle for power. It's all about deciding who is better: stronger, smarter, more skilled, meaner, or just better dressed (in armor). Whoever has more strength and skill may just take home the trophy in A Game of Thrones. After all, this is a game, and skill is the key to winning just about any game. Or is it? Where does luck come into play in this novel? Are there any right-place-at-the-right-time moments? Or worse: wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time? As important as strength and skill are in the game of thrones, the world wants what the world wants. And sometimes it wants you dead.

Questions About Strength and Skill

  1. What is the most important skill in A Game of Thrones? Discernment? Strength? Intelligence?
  2. Does any character have all the skills he or she needs to survive? Or do characters need to work together in order to prosper?
  3. Do skills ever get characters into trouble? For instance, Tyrion is a great speaker, but as he notes when he's in the Aerie's prison, his big mouth sure is a problem sometimes (39 Tyrion 5.12). Is Tyrion in trouble because of his skill – or is it because he's not skilled enough?
  4. Could any of the skills that the characters have be considered superpowers? Or are they all pretty this-worldly?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Strength is the most important skill in A Game of Thrones. The strongest guy always wins.

Skill is closely tied to the notion of coming of age in A Game of Thrones: characters come of age by being educated in the skills they need as adults.

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