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Game Of Thrones Essay

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It would be partially inaccurate, and dishonest, to call Game of Thrones a period drama. It doesn't take place in any known period of Earth's history, or on Earth for that matter- the show does not explicitly refute this but it is still highly unlikely. It does, however, appear to take place in a fantasy setting influenced by our own world and its history. The prime influence is the Middle Ages or the Medieval period. We can see this in one of the regions called Westeros, an island modeled on the British Isles. Geographically and culturally it is identical to medieval England; just think of it as Britain with different names for locations. Interestingly, the accents in Westeros remain faithful and accurate to their locations in actual Britain. Characters from the North of Westeros have northern English accents. The central characters, The Stark family, have Yorkshire accents, mostly. Sometimes the actors get to use their real life accents; Sean Bean, who plays Ned Stark, is himself from Sheffield, England, home to the Yorkshire accent. Go further north, and the characters speak with Scottish accents and so on. The South of Westeros features the English accent that is familiar to everyone, the Queen's English (also known as Received Pronunciation), an accent tied with the upper class and regality.The social hierarchy portrayed in Game of Thrones is perhaps its closest tie to the medieval period. It is essentially the feudal system of medieval England transplanted in a fantasy world, and it remains virtually unchanged. The feudal system is probably what defines the medieval period for most people, maybe after images of soldiers clad in armor, swordfights, and kings and queens, etc. Although, these examples are lent support by that system.The basics of this system are fairly simple. The people at the top rule, the bottom suffer, essentially. Hence, the prevailing notion among people is that the feudal era was not the greatest time to live in (if one were unfortunate to be born lower class). While the medieval-esque society of Game of Thrones reinforces this idea, it also makes a point that life was generally treacherous for everyone during those times. While, the show depicts in certain episodes, the lack of rights of the common people, they are brief. Although, recent episodes have started to offer better glimpses. For example, two characters travelling the countryside come across a dying peasant, with his house having been looted and burned by unknown assailants; it is implied that it is the work of soldiers taking advantage of the chaos created by a recent war which has destabilized the entire region. However, the majority of the show still centers on the characters from royal, noble, or generally, higher class backgrounds. As evidenced throughout the show by the bad luck of the Stark family, a noble family who serve as the initial central protagonists of the show. By initial, I mean, they are wiped out almost completely and systematically as the...

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