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A Game of Thrones – a New Classic?
A Game of Thrones – a New Classic?

Author(s): Magdalena Łapińska
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydział Filologiczny Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: classics; Fantasy literature; A Game of Thrones

Summary/Abstract: The following paper depicts George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones as a novel worthy of receiving the title of a classic. Classics are presented as a section of literature to which permission is granted based on particular criteria which is full of prejudice, especially towards specific genres. Fantasy is shown as a genre having particular difficulties entering the ‘restricted’ section of literature reserved for classics. A Fantasy novel A Game of Thrones is analyzed in terms of characters and symbols discerned as the paramount elements of a classic. Presented characters and symbols demonstrate that A Game of Thrones possesses the elements characteristic of all classics and despite the fact that it belongs to genre of Fantasy it is feasible it will become a classic.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 03 (3)
  • Page Range: 52-54
  • Page Count: 3