S Q: Why did Tyrion give Bran and Robb the idea of the saddle and the
horse to train so that a cripple could ride on?
S Q: Why doesn’t Tyrion accept Robb’s gratitude of staying inside the
Stark home even after how Bran expressed his happiness?
S Will Tyrion still be so kind to Jon and Bran after Lady Stark accused
him of murdering Bran?
S Will Tyrion’s intelligence ever make him a true player in the game of
S Will Viserys ever get the
revenge he so desires?
S Does Viserys regret
marrying his sister to
S Why does Daenerys
S What has Daenerys lost and
gained from her marriage to
S Why is Daenerys able to adjust
and even thrive as part of Khal
suddenly treat Viserys with S Will Daenerys eventually
become as power-hungry as
S Will Dany betray her
brother and pay him back
for all the stuff he has done
Why does Eddard Stark give Arya her
S Would Arya be accepted as a
warrior if she were to learn
S How would this affect her future
betrothal and or ruling of a
S Why does Jon befriend
S Jon can appreciate Tyrion’s
S Why does Bran show
continuous hatred and
frustration towards Old
Nan while she patiently
tries her best to comfort
S Is Eddard Stark an
advice, but will their houses S Why do I think the
get in the way of a potential
Starks will jeopardize
their family’s safety?
S Why does Robert fail to
realize that the Lannisters’
S How will making Jaime the
warden of the East, pan
S Will Robert believe Bran if
he were to remember
[what happened to cause
S Will [Robert’s] hatred [of
continue to blind
S What did Robert ask
Eddard to do to make
S Will the assassination
[attempt on Danerys]
Who will you
There are more than 40
characters to choose from,
including both major characters,
like Jaime Lannister and minor
characters like Old Nan, Samwell
Tarley, and Gregor Clegane
There are two selections for each
of the eight chapter characters
(Eddard, Catelyn, Daenerys,
Tyrion, Jon, Bran, Sansa and
There are advantages and
disadvantages to each character.
S There are character lists on the tables in front. They are organized by family,
castle, or country.
S I will call you up in order of your score. In the case of ties, you will choose
S When your turn comes, write your name next to the character you have
S Tell me who you have chosen, so I can mark him or her off of a list that will
show on the overhead.
S Keep in mind who you want as we move through the process, so when it is
your turn, you can choose quickly.
S Please, keep on eye on which characters are still on the table so that you
are ready to sign-up for yours. Please keep the noise down while people are
Introduce Essay #1
S Essay #1 The Character Analysis
S Write a 3-5-page character analysis essay.
S To analyze a character, you must find out what makes him or her
“tick” by looking at social, behavioral, physical, and mental or
emotional traits. You also must examine how the author presents
those traits through actions, words, thoughts, looks, and reactions.
Select a character and write an essay answering one of the following
questions about him or her. Feel free to use the character for which
you are the analytical authority. You are not, however, limited by this
for your character analysis essay.
S TOPIC 1: Not all supporting
characters play an integral role in a
story; however, sometimes a minor
character is so important to the
novel that the theme, plot,
protagonist, or antagonist would be
greatly changed if that character
did not exist. From A Game of
Thrones, analyze a minor character
that plays a significant role. Write
a well-developed essay in which
you analyze the character and
explain why he or she is a
significant character in the work.
Be sure to use specific examples
and quotations to support your
TOPIC 2: A dynamic character is
one who changes or grows
emotionally or psychologically
from the beginning of the novel
until end. Many novels have
multiple dynamic characters.
Choose one character from A
Game of Thrones and write a welldeveloped essay in which you
prove that he or she is a dynamic
character. Be sure to use specific
examples and quotations to
support your claims.
TOPIC 3: Often a character reflects
the culture of the country in which
he lives, that is, he or she
skills, arts, values, beliefs, and
ideals that of a certain people or
country. From A Game of
Thrones, choose a character that
embodies the culture of the people
he or she represents. In a welldeveloped essay, define the culture
of one character and show how that
character illustrates that culture.
TOPIC 4: Analyze a character that reveals
his or her personality, ethics, morals, and
nature through the challenges he or she
faces. Think about the different types of
conflict that exist. Conflict can be
external, such as person versus
person, person versus nature, or person
versus society. Conflict can also be
internal, for example, person versus self.
How does your chosen character
experience conflict during the novel?
Keep in mind how conflict causes a
character to change throughout the course
of the story.
TOPIC 5: Aristotle's ideas about
tragedy were recorded in his book
of literary theory titled Poetics. In
it, he has a great deal to say about
the structure, purpose, and intended
effect of tragedy. His ideas have
been adopted, disputed, expanded,
and discussed for several centuries
now. In a well-written essay,
analyze a character from Game of
Thrones, arguing for or against his
or her status as a “tragic hero.”
One Step at a Time
S Let’s just start by describing our
characters. Using analogies will help
the reader see what you mean.
S An analogy is reasoning or explaining
from parallel cases. In other words, an
analogy is a comparison between two
different things in order to highlight
some point of similarity.
Analogy: A Rhetorical Strategy
S An analogy is a kind of comparison that explains the
unknown in terms of the known, the unfamiliar in terms of
S A good analogy can help your readers understand a
complicated subject or view a common experience in a
new way. Analogies can be used with other methods of
development to explain a process, define a concept,
narrate an event, or describe a person or place.
S Analogy isn't a single form of writing. Rather, it's a tool for
thinking about a subject/
S Despite similarities, an analogy is not the same as a
metaphor. According to The Elements of Figurative
Language (Longman, 2002), the analogy "is a figure of
language that expresses a set of like relationships among
two sets of terms. In essence, the analogy does not
claim total identification, which is the property of the
metaphor. It claims a similarity of relationships."
S While analogy and simile are both comparisons of two seemingly
unrelated things, they are not the same. A simile is a figure of speech,
while an analogy is a type of argument. Generally, an analogy is more
complex than a simile.
S A simile is usually structured in one of two ways. The figure of speech
can use the word "like" to compare two items. An example using "like"
is, "Her hair shone like the sun." Hair and the sun usually are not
considered the same, but the simile describes them as shining in a
similar manner. An example of a simile using "as" is, "His teeth were as
white as clouds." In that simile, the man's teeth are compared to the
color of clouds.
S Analogies are used to make a connection between two objects or ideas
to better explain the first object. For example, a short type of analogy is,
"Coffee is to caffeine as beer is to alcohol." Coffee and beer are both
beverages, and caffeine and alcohol are the drugs they contain. In
some instances, it may be difficult to determine the connection between
the two items.
An analogy is not quite the same as comparison and
contrast either, although both are methods of explanation
that set things side by side.
You might show, in writing a comparison and contrast,
how San Francisco is quite unlike Boston in history,
climate, and predominant life-styles, but like it in being a
seaport and a city proud of its own (and neighboring)
colleges. That isn't the way an analogy works. In an
analogy you yoke together two unlike things (eye and
camera, the task of navigating a spacecraft and the task
of sinking a putt), and all you care about is their major
similarities. (The Bedford Reader: Bedford/St. Martin's,
Analogies help people understand
complicated ideas quickly
1. Computer Resources (CPU, RAM, Hard Drive)
A computer is like a kitchen at a restaurant.
The computer's processor is like a chef, who works to prepare the food. The faster
the chef, the faster food is ready. A dual-core processor is like having a kitchen
with two chefs, so two things can be prepared at the same time.
The computer's RAM is like counter-top space. Everything in RAM is easy for the
processor to get at, so if you have a lot of counter space, the chef can work on
preparing more things at once. If you don't have enough counter space, the chef
can't work on as many things. Some programs use a lot of RAM, just like some
recipes call for a lot of ingredients, so it is harder to fit more stuff on the counter.
The computer's hard drive is like the cupboards and refrigerator. These things hold
the ingredients until the chef needs them. If space runs out, then the old
ingredients need to be thrown out to make room for new ones.
You, the computer user, are then the customer who is ordering things from the
kitchen. If the chef is slow, or their isn't enough counter-top space, it's going to
longer for things to get done, especially if you are ordering a lot of things at once.
Examples of Analogies
S Jaime’s sword is Tyrion’s book.
S Asking Joffrey to run the kingdom is like asking a
kindergartener to balance your checkbook.
S Expecting Cersei to be honorable is like expecting the
direwolves to play nicely with kittens.
S Knowledge to Tyrion Lannister is what food is for a child; it is
necessary for survival and imperative for growth. Tyrion, oft in a
struggle for survival and stunted at a short stature, is always
starving for knowledge and feasting whenever possible.
In-class writing: Use analogy
to describe or explain your
S Eddard relying on Petyr Baelish is like a seamstress using a
pair of sticky old scissors; the tool seems to have a mind of its
S The Iron Throne is a reflected blue sky, Littlefinger is the glass
window, and Eddard Stark is the dead crow in the windowsill. A
tragedy of illusion.
S Read A Game of Thrones through 400
S Post #6 In-class writing: analogy
S Post #7 Describe your character; include page
•What does your character look like? Include, for example, hair,
eyes, height, weight, build, or other physical characteristics.
• Now choose one aspect of the character’s appearance, a detail
(bitten nails, frizzy hair, a scar) and elaborate on it.
• Write a short scene in which your character is looking in the mirror
or write a short scene in which another character first sees your
S Study Vocabulary: Exam class Seven