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Something that occured to me about Rand and Gawyn


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Ever since Gawyn went all nutty with supporting Elaida and psycho-hating Rand, I've sincerely disliked him. At first I just thought it was because Rand is my favorite character and Gawyn is his most constant (and unfair) detractor.

 

Today, though, I was thinking about Gawyn's epiphany in ToM and realized that it all boils down to his function as a foil for Rand. For all of Rand's issues external and internal, the one constant of his character is that he always puts the needs of the many above the needs of himself, even when he really shouldn't- perhaps especially then. Even as Darth Rand, every awful thing he did was driven by a belief that it was the only way to achieve or protect a greater good.

 

Gawyn, on the other hand, is IMO the most selfish character in the entire series. Every single choice he's made has been about his own wants above all other concerns. Why did he support Elaida's coup? Because he was angry at Siuan for putting Elayne and Egwene in danger. His regret over that decision comes not from Elaida's utter failure as a leader and the ruin is causes for much of the Westlands, but from the fact that it puts him in uncomfortable situations. By his own admission, his hatred for Rand comes from child-like jealousy over not being the special one and not at all for the destruction that Rand's presence has caused the Trakands, Andor, and the world in general.

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I guess I agree with Luckers. Selfish doesn't really make sense since most of what he does is about duty and honor, even if misguided. He seemed earnestly willing to give up Egwene to Galad despite how it clearly pained him. Pretty sure he would have attacked Rand on sight before Egwene made him swear not to in Carihien, and have likely died for it. Not really the actions of a selfish person who would only be looking out for himself.

 

But yeah, he's woefully lacking in the big picture.

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Gawyn isn't a major enough character to act as a foil to rand, or at least the main one. Perrin has been Rand's foil for almost the entire series. Once Rand embraces being the Dragon Reborn, he never denies his leadership and grows more inhuman with his anger, rage, and sanity. Perrin spent almost the entire series avoiding the responsibility of leading people and generally being a gentle giant. As Rand grows more stable and more caring, Perrin finally comes to grips with leading people and responsibility. It's almost a perfect match as it should be. They are two of the most significant characters in the entire series.

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Gawyn isn't a major enough character to act as a foil to rand, or at least the main one. Perrin has been Rand's foil for almost the entire series. Once Rand embraces being the Dragon Reborn, he never denies his leadership and grows more inhuman with his anger, rage, and sanity. Perrin spent almost the entire series avoiding the responsibility of leading people and generally being a gentle giant. As Rand grows more stable and more caring, Perrin finally comes to grips with leading people and responsibility. It's almost a perfect match as it should be. They are two of the most significant characters in the entire series.

 

And that other lad who went with them.. what was his name again? He's some kind of high-ranking noble and the greatest living general alive these days. Ah well, I'm sure it'll come to me.

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Gawyn isn't a major enough character to act as a foil to rand, or at least the main one. Perrin has been Rand's foil for almost the entire series. Once Rand embraces being the Dragon Reborn, he never denies his leadership and grows more inhuman with his anger, rage, and sanity. Perrin spent almost the entire series avoiding the responsibility of leading people and generally being a gentle giant. As Rand grows more stable and more caring, Perrin finally comes to grips with leading people and responsibility. It's almost a perfect match as it should be. They are two of the most significant characters in the entire series.

 

And that other lad who went with them.. what was his name again? He's some kind of high-ranking noble and the greatest living general alive these days. Ah well, I'm sure it'll come to me.

 

Lan is hardly a lad. He's gotta be at least 45 or so.

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Gawyn isn't a major enough character to act as a foil to rand, or at least the main one. Perrin has been Rand's foil for almost the entire series. Once Rand embraces being the Dragon Reborn, he never denies his leadership and grows more inhuman with his anger, rage, and sanity. Perrin spent almost the entire series avoiding the responsibility of leading people and generally being a gentle giant. As Rand grows more stable and more caring, Perrin finally comes to grips with leading people and responsibility. It's almost a perfect match as it should be. They are two of the most significant characters in the entire series.

 

And that other lad who went with them.. what was his name again? He's some kind of high-ranking noble and the greatest living general alive these days. Ah well, I'm sure it'll come to me.

 

Lan is hardly a lad. He's gotta be at least 45 or so.

 

 

I think he means Mat :)

 

oh, really?

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Well, Prince of the Ravens and husband to the Empress of the Seanchan Empire does kind of count as a noble :)

 

Add in Mat's other title - Son of Battles, his inability to fail when relying on luck, his encyclopedic knowledge of tactics, and his ta'verenness and you have a good claim to him being the greatest living general (probably you don't actually need the word 'living' in there either).

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