[LMB] What makes a character irredeemable?
ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 03:44:53 BST 2019
I wouldn't wish what happened to Horseriver on anyone---and I am known for
being a vindictive swine. "It's not my fault! I'm a tragic victim of
Corsican Alzheimer's---where you forget everything but the vendettas!" And
I do think the Quintarians were out of line with that whole "forcible
conversion" thing---but I was never a big fan of that anywhere.
On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 6:50 PM Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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
> Horseriver is shown to be in a trap that is (mostly) not of his
> own making. He has endured centuries of torment. He wants to end it
> all, and his sanity is questionable. His great sin -- I'm using that
> term loosely -- is that he's willing to take all of the people he's
> responsible for with him. Apart from that, he's not intentionally
> causing suffering.
> Whereas Dondo has none of those justifications. The eponymous curse
> was twisting things to the worse, but there's little indication that
> it was a significant factor in Dondo's personality.
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