Hollow Committment And Personification Of A Demon

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In Matthew Inman's comic, “I Tried to Watch Game of Thrones and This Is What Happened,” which was featured on The Oatmeal, the author attempts to justify the pirating of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. The author makes the argument that neither he nor his human cartoon counterpart are to blame for illegally downloading the series. He makes this argument though personification of the main character's inner demon; a literal a demon character on his shoulder which takes the responsibility and blame for illegally downloading the series. Also, the author has the human character verbally express his initial good intentions to follow the law and his resistance to pirating the series, so readers are constantly reminded of his supposed innocence throughout the comic. These personification and word choice strategies are used to cast the individual who pirates cable series as innocent and all blame is placed elsewhere.
Although readers know that there are not actually any demons which sit on our shoulders and whisper suggestions of evil deeds, the comic capitalizes on the “angel and demon on my shoulder” narrative and has the demon suggest pirating the series when the main character discovers to his dismay that it is not available on Netflix. Through this personification, the human can claim that it was not his idea to pirate the series in the first place and he can tell the jury in his defense that, “the devil told me to do it.” The demon quietly watches as the human and angel attempt in vain to legally acquire the series by trying everything short of upgrading his cable package. When all hope for attaining the series seems lost, the demon takes over the keyboard, visits a torrent website, and clicks “download”. Despite the devil being a spiritual being, it somehow manages to operate the keyboard and mouse. Though this personification, the human can also tell the jury, “I didn't download it, the devil did.” Even though in reality it was the author who...

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