One for the Game of Thrones fans

Kurt Browning

                After our discussion last class, it seemed that most people had the idea that women tended to use invitational rhetoric when speaking.  But what about women that don’t?  One woman in particular came to my mind when thinking about this, though she is fictitious.  That woman being Cersei Lannister. 

For those of you that read or watch Game of Thrones you will immediately know who this dynamic character is.  But for those of you that don’t, she happens to be the queen at the beginning of the series and a very cunning leader.  However, she is a prime example of a woman that uses direct rhetoric when trying to get her way. 

In the series however, there are quite a few men that do not like to give her any respect.  Another woman in the series, Catelyn Stark, has many of the same personality traits that Cersei possesses.  The main difference between the two is Cersei tries to step up to the game with the men using direct rhetoric to try to obtain what she wants.  Using things like fear to get her way.  Catelyn on the other hand tends to use invitational rhetoric.  She explains to the men what she thinks will occur with each action without really demanding that the follow along with her opinion. 

My questions for everyone are as follows.  Cersei tends to be a hated character among both readers and viewer of the series and other characters in the series, while Catelyn has a lot more support, even though the two have many similarities.  Do you think that when a woman uses direct rhetoric that it rubs many people the wrong way because it is against the typical?  Or, do you think perhaps that it has nothing to do with gender and people really do appreciate invitational rhetoric over direct?  Or are there other things altogether that causes people to hate Cersei more than Catelyn.


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