In the novel of A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, the perspective of the story is told through many different people being a third person omniscient. It is because of this fact that the story can continue so smoothly. Without the use of a third person omniscient, the reader would have to stick to one person, only finding out what is happening to this figure and being unaware of actions done to characters elsewhere in the kingdom. A Game of Thrones also contains a plot that I had never read of anywhere else. A Game of Thrones consists of several different lords and “sers,” all of which work together except the Lannisters. However, these groups of Lords are connected to the King with the rest of the other lords and so cannot wage war against them. Taking place in the 1400’s, the setting helps in creating struggles for the characters to overcome. These struggles include a lack of correct medicine to counteract poisons which does kill off many people in the beginning of the book. These assassinations are the main problems of the book, yet as the kingdom quarrels over their own problems, larger matters need to be attended to. During this time, a neighboring kingdom has grown a large army in order to take the thrown, all of which is not realized by the other kingdom. So far, A Game of Thrones reminds me of only one TV show which is based on this book. However, the novel also goes well with an older video I had viewed, called Dragon’s Heart. In Dragon’s Heart, there is a struggle of gaining power between two large groups of people, much like the quarrels of A Game of Thrones. The people struggle, fighting over a new open seat of power for the kingdom. Although packed with action and an intense story line, A Game of Thrones is not a suitable novel for a Freshman English class due to the reason that the author, George R. R. Martin continues to portray scenes with overly grotesque detail.
By: Edward Kang