[LMB] What makes a character irredeemable?

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 23:28:41 BST 2019


Every time we see Dondo in action, he's a gigantic horse's rear.  Horse
river, on the other hand, is a l

On Monday, July 29, 2019, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:

> I agree that Dondo's self-will would have prevented his being taken up even
> if a god had been willing, much like Joen, whom the Bastard does offer
> mercy to.
>
> But, here's the thing - as readers, we're primed to view both those
> destructions as suitable and proper.  The sundering and destruction of
> Horseriver is clearly meant to be perceived as a tragedy, although he
> probably did more damage than either Dondo or Joen.
>
> So my question is:  how does LB cause us to view Dondo's destruction as
> just and right?  Induce us to not shed tears at his destruction.  Because
> it seems clear that's the authorial intent, and one that is very
> successful.
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