This essay will investigate “To what extent George R.R. Martin seeks to empower the physically disabled in ‘A Storm of Swords’”. The scope of the investigation is an examination of the literary feature that surrounds the novel’s characters with physical disabilities: Tyrion, Varys, Brienne and Jaime. In the novel, Martin structures these characters to have an increasingly strong influence over their own lives, thereby empowering the stance of the minority. Moreover, the author reinforces that the physically disabled are capable of surpassing the abled, strongly suggesting that members of the minority group should not feel as if their disabilities bar them from success. Lastly, the essay argues that Martin portrays superficial values as insignificant in order to highlight the minority group’s potential value in society. The essay concludes that Martin uses his characters to reinforce messages relating to the present treatment of the disabled.
In this year of 2014, Miles Reid is a Year 12 student at John Paul College. This Extended Essay is part of his International Baccalaureate Program.