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Game Of Thrones Analysis On Disorders

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In George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed hit series A Song of Ice and Fire, many characters are plagued by problems of their own caused by the game of thrones that each major character has a part in. In the center of game is Cersei Lannister, a woman with more power than most noble men, and she isn’t afraid of abusing it as she feels necessary. Behind this power though is one of the most psychologically complex and distraught characters in the book series. Through point of view chapters and her actions as seen by other characters, this paper will identify, characterize, and diagnose many of the psychological disorders and traumas Cersei Lannister has faced .
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The reason why this death was so traumatizing to both Cersei and Tywin was due to the fact the Tyrion was born a dwarf, a trait that often would result in the immediate killing of the child, but due to their family status they kept him alive. Cersei and Tywin both blamed Tyrion for the death for the death of Joanna. Cersei’s hate for her little brother grew after her mother’s death, and from this time on she began to torture baby Tyrion in private by “pinching him until he cried” and even going so far as “twisting his little penis”. This irrational hate and torture for her little brother was only stopped by her twin brother Jamie, who was the only one in the family who cared about Tyrion. This sadistic behavior at such an early age could be indications of psychopathic tendencies later on in life for Cersei and with the combination of her powerful family name would have particularly dangerous consequences for other persons who upset her. This is not the only childhood trauma that Cersei faced that would have lasting effects, as an encounter with a witch would be the root of many of her problems later on in life.
At the age of ten, Cersei had been filled with the idea from her father that she would be married off to Prince Rhaegar, a prince of house Targaryen whose family was in charge of Westros at the time. Wanting to know the future for her and to prove to her two adolescent friend that “a lioness fears nothing” (Pg. 361, A Feast for Crows), Cersei visited Maggy the Frog to consult the witch about the future. When asked if she would marry Prince Rhaegar, she was told “Never. You will wed the king.” (Pg.540, A Feast for Crows). When asked if she will become queen, Maggy told responded “Queen you shall be…until there comes another younger, and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” (Pg.541, A Feast for Crows). Finally she asks if she and the king will have children, and results in one of the more paranoia inducing prophecies from Maggy the Frog. “Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their crowns, and when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” (Pg.541, A Feast for Crows). This prophecy would have a lasting traumatic effect on Cersei’s life, leading to her further hatred and mistrust of Tyrion her newly born little brother, as well as develop severe paranoia to any woman that was thought to be beautiful and challenged her power. This paranoia of other powerful women becomes unavoidable when a rival queen, Queen Margaery begins to threaten her control over Westros when she is betrothed to Prince Tommen her son, and now is in line to become the true queen once they are married. Each part of Maggi’s prophecy so far has resulted in a trauma in her life as well, compounding the many issues that are already beginning to develop. We see the first prophecy about her marriage and overall, her...

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