An Analysis of the Lannister Family Novea Lindsay
As each member of the Lannister familyhas reached emotional independence, butmaintains a sense of involvement in eachother’s lives they are characterized as aconnected family.
The Lannisters are a rigid family, experiencing authoritarian headship, firm rules and roles, as well as little change.
A knight in the King’s guard, Jamie Lannister keeps himself as close to the king as he does his own family. Providing his sibling with emotional support, as well as family management, Jamie keeps the best interests of the Lannisters close atTywin Lannister is regarded as heart.the most powerful man in the all Married to the late Kingof the Seven Kingdonms, and Baratheon, Cersei rules the Seven Kingdoms with her son. Determined notcommands his family as lose her kingdoms, Cersei assumes theeffortlessly as he command his role of nurturer for her children while still40,000 soldiers. As the head of managing the affairs of the older Lanniesters.the Lannister clan he forgoes “All dwarves are bastards in the eyes ofproviding emotional support in their fathers.” Despite his sagaciousfavor of both necessary and ways, Tyrion Lannister is regarded as thematerial resources. black sheep of the family. In spite of this, Tyrion maintains his fidelity and works to not only manage family matters, but nurture the future king.
Family Functions: • Instrumental Provides resources • Affective Provides emotional support • Mixed Skill development and system maintenance Despite their differences and varying roles, the Lannister children all assume an affective position in the life of another.
“Toxic secrets poison family relationships (89).” Unless you’re one of the Lannisters. Then, they provide leverage. Defense secrets: protects information from outsiders who might use it against familyCersei members (90).Baratheon hasmore to fearfrom her ownfamily thanshe doesstrangers.
Story Fucntions: • To remember and entertain • Creates belonging and family identity • Develops family culture • Provides stability through generational connections The Lannister uses narratives tool express degradation of another’s character.
Tywin Lannister andCersei Baratheon arestark contrasts in theirattempts at relationalmaintenance. Confirmation: communicates recognition and acceptance Recognition: acknowledging the person’s existence Dialogue: implies an interactive involvement between two people Acceptance: avoids interpretations or judgments
Confirmation: communicates recognition and acceptance Recognition: acknowledging the person’s existence Dialogue – implies an interactive involvement between two people Acceptance – avoids interpretations or judgments Even in adulthood, the Lannister siblings fail to successfully maintain their relationships in a positive manner.
Normative Resources: family’s values of who holds authority. Economic Resources: monetary control Affective Resources: who nurtures whom Personal Resources: personality, physical appearance, role competence Cognitive Resources: insight, influential reach of ones own power
“Every family member’s power maneuver creates a system-wide effect. As one or more members exert power or respond to other’s power moves, the family system recalibrates itself” (180).
“Decision making, like power, is a process that belongs to the family system, not to an individual” (195). De Facto Decisions: decisions made without direct family approval but are made in order to keep the family functioning. De facto decisions appear to be the only type of decisions the Lannisters know how to make.
Competition: demands high assertiveness and pursuing what is desired.
Galvin, Kathleen M., Carma Lee Bylund, and Bernard J. Brommel. Family communication: cohesion and change. 8th ed. Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon, 2012. Print. Images from Google