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Nynaeve is too unbelievable a charater


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I love Nynaeve's character.

 

I think people look at her in books 1 and 2 and get frustrated at her, but the only world she knew was the Two Rivers, and she was a talented Wisdom, a deft political influence and also had a lot of skills that outstripped the men in the village (tracking, etc).  When Moiraine came and took Rand, Perrin, Egwene and Mat it really rocked that world.  No one left the Two Rivers!!  So she felt it was her duty to make sure they got back.

 

As she stepped into the bigger world, though, it challenged and ultimately destroyed the idea that The Two Rivers was the only world, and Nynaeve had to find her place in that big world without losing herself.  Remember that part of her test for the Accepted was letting go of the idea that she could still save the Two Rivers.

 

I think her character development has been awesome and hysterical.  I love how she holds on to ideas and then gradually has to let them go.  (Like the idea that men could Heal some things better than women, or how she was always like "I wish people would leave me alone about having the most potential" then getting miffed when Sumeko outstripped her skill in Healing)

 

Nynaeve is hardly too unbelievable.  She's probably the character I identify with more than anyone as far as the female characters.

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I love Nynaeve's character.

 

I think people look at her in books 1 and 2 and get frustrated at her, but the only world she knew was the Two Rivers, and she was a talented Wisdom, a deft political influence and also had a lot of skills that outstripped the men in the village (tracking, etc).  When Moiraine came and took Rand, Perrin, Egwene and Mat it really rocked that world.  No one left the Two Rivers!!  So she felt it was her duty to make sure they got back.

 

 

Early in the books before she knew she could channel, all she knew (even if she only knew it subconsciously) was that the only way she could truly help people to her best ability was if she were furiously angry.  It was ingrained in her, and she had to work past it.

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Moiraine has the potential for depth as well - we shall see how her grand comeback is - but so far she has been little more than a verbatim reproduction of Gandalf.

 

No way. She was the first and only Aes Sedai and only Aes Sedai that understood how Rand ticked. She was willing to forsake her ego to get a point across, and no other Aes Sedai comes even close to doing that. I never thought of Gandalf once when reading Moiraine even for the first time.

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I too am a fan of Nynaeve. I don't even recall ever disliking her necessarily. Annoyed by her at times, perhaps. But I love how the ideas she holds must be "ripped out of her hands" before she will change her mind about them. It makes for some very subtly funny instances of hypocrisy. If there is one character who I truly started to dislike, that would have to be Elayne. In the later books she really starts to get me upset. I'm still trying to decide whether RJ was deliberately trying to provoke that reaction.

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Nynaeve sees herself as personally responsible for all of the Emond's Fielders. She's somewhat antagonistic towards the whole plot of the series in the beginning, trying to reign the boys in and to stand up against Moiraine, but perhaps the older crowd can admire her a bit better for this. Some strange and suspicious woman comes into your village and runs off in the night with three young men (who are really no more than boys at heart) and a girl who's not yet considered a woman. All of those four ARE incredibly naive, even if we do cheer for them. She's not aware of the greater world-wide conflict. She's overseen their growth and childhood and feekls parental responsibility for all of them.

 

So she goes after them to bring them home, leaving the Two Rivers altogether and traveling to Baerlon all by herself, and eventually tries to assume her natural role to keep them out of trouble, something that's been very hard for her to let go of.

 

Oh yes, she's stubborn (seems to be a Two Rivers thing, actually) and has a quick temper (which is what's actually helped her be good at what she does) and she's used to being in control from a young age (and was raised by a mother figure in control) and had no father.

 

I think she's very believable.

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