OK I KNOW IT’S SLIGHTLY A FEW EPISODES TOO LATE BUT CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE OR OF HOLLERING AND REJOICE OVER JOFFREY’S DEATH??????????? I know I sure did!!
But onto more pressing matters and the entire point of this discussion: The breaking down of the Game of Thrones Character, Joffrey Baratheon (can’t even imagine him as a Baratheon let’s be real and call him a Lannister) as a villain. I think any GoTs fan can surely agree that the creators did a spectacular job in creating a world with such a variety of characters and personalities. Sometimes it gets so complicated and tangled that I have to google for the character maps to display which house holds which character.
Joffrey was the ultimate antagonist. He was so easy to hate, and hate him we did. Even most of the GoT characters were right alongside us in our rage. I may possibly seem evil here but I had never quite felt a satisfaction as I had when I watched Joffrey choke on his poisoned pigeon pie and die in such a non-kingly death as he had. He is the character that demands no sympathy from the viewers. Does that make him the perfect villain?
Most villains are the messed up way that they are because of their past (Dexter reference of watching his mother get killed then becoming a hot badass serial killer) or they have something fundamentally wrong in the chemistry of their brain. These stories make us feel sympathy or pity for the antagonist, and often it almost justifies their behaviour and actions regardless of how twisted.
Does this apply to poor young Joffrey who was raised in royalty by a loving Cersei (yes crazy but her love for Joffrey is undeniable), and given nearly everything he asked for? Which struggles had Joffrey faced before becoming king and letting out his inner terrible? The struggle of not having struggles? Sure, Robert Baratheon hadn’t been the best pretend father figure but he was far from cruel. The only person who had mistreated him was Tyrion (but for good reason he gave him a well deserved slapping when he was acting like a baby without his pacifier. Not that I condone violence as a form of punishment or discipline but COMEON it’s JOFFREY).
Not only was Joffrey evil, but he was a coward. He ran and hid from battles. He didn’t support, care for or protect the realm as he had vowed. Everything he did, he commanded of others to do. The only time Joffrey ever got his hands dirty was abusing innocents such as Sansa Stark, or killing defenceless and tied up Ros (which I’m still pissed about).
Look at sweet Tommen he didn’t cast his betrothed’s family to death, order to cut out anyones tongues, torture and murder whores (or anyone), and all the other actions that had made Joffrey evil. Maybe it was the power that got to him, but that is hardly a reason to make anyone sympathize for him. Possibly it was the genetic line of incest that screwed up his brain.
Joffrey is one of the most hated characters in history, and for good reason. He was evil, and stupid. Creators gave viewers no motivation and no reason at all to sympathize with his characters and for that, we were all glad to watch the king fall. He was the perfect person to hate, and the perfect villain.
In today’s society the highest raising concerns within teenagers is the prevalence in the importance of socializing, fitting in, and behaving in a certain way. There is such pressure in the idea of finding yourself, but it must be within the realms that society approves of.
Within the early years of your life, when you barely have the power to make decisions because you follow rules from the roof in which you live under, you are expected to chose your path. Now, path is a very suited metaphorical term. All your life you walk from decision to decision: what will I eat for lunch; a greasy burger or a salad? Which outfit am I going to put on tomorrow, the one with the polka dots or a baggy sweater? Do I go out with my friends Friday night or do I stay in to work on my late assignment for Geography?
All decisions seem to fall under the categories of either: you pick what you want or what is best for you. Society is under the impression that you cannot have both. By their standards: what you want is never what is best for you.
If it makes you happy, how is it not the best thing for you? Now, you are faced once again with your path. It is a long and treturous road that will throw obstacles at you with every chance it encounters. In the darkest wrong turns that you make along your journey you may wonder: what is the point? The point seems to be to reach some sort of end goal that will make everything worth the while.
What happens if you don’t know your end goal? It is a horrifyingly daunting but inevitable choice it seems that we all must make in order to find yourself. Society points you in a direction and you must decide to follow it or not.
In the early few years of your life people are forced to contemplate then decide their entire future. It is a nearly impossible task to find yourself, much less decide the outcome of the sum total of your life.
Every action, every move, and every decision you make will result in the outcome of your whole life. That is the message that society throws at you. That once you chose a path, there is no going back. So the headliner is, stay home and eat your vegetables.
Now, I am not debating the pros and cons of healthy eating, doing your homework, or having a social life. I am viewing the long awaited question: can what makes you happy, be what is best for you? Yes, of COURSE it can.
Do you remember the very first dream you ever imagined? What did you imagine of yourself? To slay dragons or travel space? Those were all fantasies born without being encompassed by the concerns of reality, money, or the realistic possibly of the dream. So, maybe it is best to chose your future and find who you truly are within these years when you’re not restricted by the ugliness of the world telling you that your dreams are not real. Society expects everyone to not only find who they are, and follow their dreams, but it must be within the whims of their approval. Does this not seem slightly redundant and ridiculous? This is the point where you point your metaphorical middle finger high at the metaphorical road society sets, and do what you want despite all the restrictions.
When you follow the road that makes you happy, you will end up finding yourself because you chose what you love. Now, you are taking a risking chance because maybe you won’t end up a millionaire going on cruises every month for a living. But, you will be happy. And in the end, how is being happy not the best thing for you?
I am in some most ways a reductionist, although a bad one at that. I appreciate the simple things because often I find that the explanation is relevant to the matter but instead just acts as a barrier. I often contradict myself because I believe that there are always two sides to every story but in reality, it often doesn’t change the result, it only effects only how we perceive it.
There are a few things I believe in most in this world and will without a doubt venture further into on Spectify:
1. If you want truly (I don’t mean just desire it but deeply above all want) something, you will do whatever it takes to get it
2. You ALWAYS have a choice
3. Never make accusing assumptions about people because you have no idea what is happening in their lives or what they really are like